Bullying is a Human Rights Issue

No child should be fearful for their life.  Bullying is a violation of a child’s human rights.

Under the Australian Convention on the Rights of a Child, Article 3, Section 2 it advises:

”State parties undertake to ensure the child such protection and care as is necessary for his or her wellbeing taking into account the rights and duties of his or her parents, legal guardians or other individuals legally responsible for him or her, and, to this end, shall take all appropriate legislative and administrative measures.”

Duty of care by school personnel, sporting and recreation organisations and any authority that has responsibility of a child is essential.  That care of a child must ensure not only physical wellbeing but also psychological wellbeing.  There should be best practice policies to ensure child safety, it cannot be lip service but assessment based policies where organisations are held accountable for the policies they implement.

As a community we each need to model what appropriate behaviour and appropriate relationships look like.  Showing love, kindness and tolerance to all people.