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Are we there yet? Do the Victorian, NSW and ACT comply with the youth conferencing programs United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child?

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posted on 2023-03-15, 23:52 authored by Alan Thomas Samuel Davis

Australia has been at the forefront of the international evolution of restorative justice youth conferencing programs. While these programs have received much praise and have been expanded on a legislative basis to each state and territory, there has been no evaluation of whether they are consistent with children’s rights. This thesis examines Australia’s youth conferencing programs by reference to the four core children’s rights principles contained in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The conclusion reached is that while the youth conferencing programs reflect restorative justice principles, their current operation needs modification in order better to comply with children’s rights standards.


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Paula Gerber

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Doctor of Philosophy

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Faculty of Law