The best interests of the child require detention to be used as a last resort.
Given their ability to accept correction, children have a better claim to rehabilitation, reorientation and reintegration.
Speechless is a Perth Festival co-commission produced by Tura Music.
Speechless is an opera written in response to the Australian Human Rights Commission's 2014 report into children in immigration detention.
Medical and mental health professionals and refugee rights groups are all calling for urgent care for children affected by trauma on Nauru.
A boy has been flown to Australia from Nauru for urgent medical treatment for suspected resignation syndrome.
Some of the members of a soccer team trapped in a section of Tham Luang cave in Thailand.
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Of course we should have sympathy for the soccer team trapped in the cave. We should extend similar compassion to those caught up in long-term crises that are harder to tackle.
Child survivors of Auschwitz are seen in this 1945 photograph.
The more notorious concentration camps of the 20th century must serve as a stark reminder of the depravity of tearing children away from their parents and putting them in camps.
Research shows a link between violence against children and their subsequent criminality.
Reducing stubbornly high levels of violence can be achieved if there is a focus on ensuring that children are not exposed to violence or toxic stress at home.
A spokesman from the office of ALP senator Lisa Singh told The Conversation by email that: In seeking to illustrate how processing has slowed and refugee detainees are being made to languish for longer…
Assistant Health Minister Ken Wyatt (second from left) speaking with ALP senator Lisa Singh (back turned) on Q&A.
Assistant Health Minister Ken Wyatt and ALP senator Lisa Singh couldn't agree on Q&A about whether asylum seeking children "languished" in detention under the previous government. Who was right?
What should matter more to doctors – their patients’ wellbeing or the law?
Doctors at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital are refusing to discharge refugee children back into detention. Which should be a priority - their duty of care to their patient or the law?
Health professionals may be sentenced to two years in jail for the unauthorised disclosure of information about conditions in detention centres.
From July, doctors will no longer be able to fulfil their ethical and professional obligations to report mistreatment of detainees.
What we know of the harm that indefinite detention does to children underpins the case for partisan opposition to the policy.
We should never accept that a Human Rights Commission ought to be non-partisan or depoliticised. Without both, it would be incapable of doing its job.
A drawing by a six-year-old child detained at the Christmas Island detention centre.
The federal government has tabled the long-awaited Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) report into children held in immigration detention. The report, which recommends a royal commission be held…
Past failures cannot detract from the significance of documenting current abuses of children
The 1,000-plus children currently detained in immigration detention facilities in Australia and Nauru are at risk of serious mental health and developmental problems. The Human Rights Commission this week…