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Children's Rights Clinic

The Children’s Rights Clinic assists children of refugees or asylum seekers, as well as unaccompanied refugee children and the children of immigrant parents. The Children’s clinic focuses on children’s issues such as schooling, registration of birth, access to healthcare, documentation, Children’s Court inquiries, and family joining. The attorneys in this clinic work closely with the child’s parent(s), carers, or social workers to determine what would be in the best interests of the child. If the child is an unaccompanied minor, the clinic works in conjunction with a social worker and authorities. The primary concern of this clinic is to ensure that the rights of each child is realised, and is guided by the constitutional principle that the best interests of the child are paramount in any matter affecting the child.

Family joining applications:

  • Application for derivative status (for children of or children cared by asylum seekers and refugees)
  • Children’s court enquiries

Children:

  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Separated children
  • Access to schools
  • Birth registration
  • Access to healthcare
  • Access to DNA testing (children’s court inquiries)
  • Joining parents