The rights of children with disabilities: Australia’s double failure


Tuesday, 14th December, 2021

1.00pm-2.00pm AEDT

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This webinar is the twelfth in a series which is developing greater knowledge and understanding of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and other UN human rights treaties.

Australia reported to the UN Committees on the Rights of the Child, and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities during the second half of 2019. Both Committees highlighted concerns about the rights of children with disabilities and made recommendations relevant to Commonwealth and State governments. The recommendations reflected the intersectionality between the CRC and the CRPD.

Chair of the CRPD Committee, Rosemary Kayess will engage with the Committees’ concerns, namely Australia's double failure on children’s rights and rights of persons with a disability, including the lack of adequate national planning to protect the rights of children with disabilities, the use of medication to control behaviour, forced sterilisation, discrimination in schools, detention and restraint of children with disabilities, inadequacies in the National Disability Insurance scheme, the detention of children of asylum seekers with disabilities, and the continuing removal from their families of Indigenous children with disabilities.

Adding a personal perspective, Julie Charlton will complete the picture by outlining the challenges directly experienced by young people with disabilities in Australia.

NOTE: At least half an hour will be allocated for questions and answers, and comments


Rosemary Kayess, Senior Lecturer UNSW Faculty of Law, Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Julie Charlton is a 22-year-old advocate for the rights of people with disabilities and an elite para athlete and coach who advocates for fair sporting policies and procedures.


Natalie Wade, Founder and Principal Lawyer, Equality Lawyers, Vice-President and Chair of Disability Rights, Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.

Dr Noam Peleg, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law and Justice, UNSW, Book Review Editor, The International Journal of Children's Rights.

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This webinar received support from the Embassy of Switzerland in Australia.

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