Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this lesson, students will investigate the UN Convention On The Rights Of The Child (UNCRC) and to the extent to which Australia is involved in the convention. They will come up with three questions to find out more about the UNCRC then work in groups to research one question and share what they have discovered with the class. They will work independently to read through a simplified version of the UNCRC and identify examples of specific articles of the convention in action in the Australian context. Students will then watch a clip from the documentary film Life After The Oasis and evaluate whether Darren was afforded the rights described in the UNCRC. Students will reflect on their learning by responding in writing to a reflection prompt.

Life After The Oasis is a 75 minute documentary that explores the issues, interventions and mindsets associated with youth homelessness in Australia. The film revisits characters and stories from the original 2008 documentary The Oasis, and how opportunities and experiences have shaped their lives over the last ten years. Find out how to screen or view the film here.

Warning: The documentary and the clips contained in this lesson, contains explicit language, images of drug use and confronting scenes and may upset some viewers. Teachers should use their personal discretion when showing the documentary. This resource deals with the rising problem of youth homelessness and its associated social and personal issues. There may be students in your class who have experienced some of the issues discussed. You are encouraged to arrive at a set of agreements and ground rules for discussion with your class about the best way to approach the issues being covered in a way that recognises the dignity of our fellow classmates. Click here for tips on setting ground rules for class discussions and here for advice on how to handle sensitive topics and controversial issues in your classroom.

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand that there are systems such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in place to protect children.
  • Students understand that the Australian government has a responsibility to ensure that children in Australian society are afforded their rights in accordance with the UNCRC.

21st century skills: 

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 10 Civics and Citizenship

  • How Australia’s international legal obligations shape Australian law and government policies, including in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACHCK093)
  • Critically evaluate information and ideas from a range of sources in relation to civics and citizenship topics and issues (ACHCS097)

General capabilities: LiteracyEthical Understanding, Critical and Creative ThinkingPersonal and social capability,

Relevant parts of Year 10 achievement standards: Students compare and evaluate the key features and values of systems of government, and analyse the Australian Government’s global roles and responsibilities. Students evaluate a range of factors that sustain democratic societies. They account for and evaluate different interpretations and points of view on civics and citizenship issues. They use appropriate texts, subject-specific language and concepts. They evaluate ways they can be active and informed citizens in different contexts.

Topic: Social Issues

Unit of work: Life After The Oasis – Civics & Citizenship

Time required: 80 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion. 

Resources required: Student Worksheets – one copy per student. Device capable of presenting a video to the class. Handling Sensitive Topics And Controversial Issues Factsheet (Optional).  UNICEF’s Simplified Version Of The UNCRC – one per student.

Keywords: Youth homelessness, children’s rights, United Nations, UNCRC, human rights, signatory, government, The Oasis

Shark Island Productions and Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the generous contribution of The Caledonia Foundation to the development of these resources.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will ... 

  • ... understand that there are systems such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in place to protect children.
  • ... understand that the Australian government has a responsibility to ensure that children in Australian society are afforded their rights in accordance with the UNCRC.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... describe the responsibilities the Australian government has as a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • ... describe examples of what the UNCRC looks like in the Australian context.
  • ... critically evaluate the experiences of a person and whether they were afforded their rights when they were a child.

Teacher content information: On any given night in Australia, 1 in 200 people are experiencing homelessness. This alarming statistic raises many questions about homelessness in Australia and what is being done by government and non-government institutions to combat t

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: In Australia, 43,500 people experiencing homelessness are under 25.

UN Convention On The Rights Of The Child

What might this statement mean? Summarise your thoughts here:

Select an article of your choice from the UNCRC and write it in the space below.

Describe how this article is being fulfilled in Australian society in the space below.


See the examples below if you need a bit of help:

  • UNCRC Article 17: Children have the right to reliable information from the media. Mass media such as television, radio and newspapers should provide information that children can understand and should not promote materials that could harm children.
  • Example in Australian society: In Australia, children have access to the news program, Behind The News, which covers current affairs and news in language that kids can easily understand.

Life After The Oasis - Darren's Experience

Darren's Story ( 

After watching the Life A

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