Children are vulnerable - that's why international laws are designed to protect them.
Detaining children is strongly discouraged under the CRC. It provides that children should be detained only as a last resort, and then only for the shortest appropriate period of time. Any detention of children must be subject to periodic judicial review.
Children seeking asylum in
Most Australian detention centres do not have the capacity to separate families from the general adult detainee group - a specification in international guidelines on refugees.