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January 23, 2018

For CEO of West Coast Youth and Community Support (WCYCS), Jo Clark, the key to working with young people is listening to what they have to say and then acting on it. ‘By ignoring what young people say we risk undermining their confidence and their willingness to make decisions, making them more passive and more…

December 11, 2017

11 December 2017 This song lyric was offered to one of our advocates for publication by a young woman during a visit to a residential care house.  Thanks to Philip Ellison for the design. This item first appeared in the November 2017 Guardian’s Newsletter which you can download now.

December 5, 2017

5 December 2017 A trial community visitor program for young people in residential care will be prepared by the Guardian’s  Office over the next few months. Commissioner Margaret Nyland’s report, The life they deserve[1], recommended that a community visitors’ scheme be developed for children in residential and emergency care facilities[2]. The laws to enable such…

November 28, 2017

28 November 2017 Mission Australia, as a rights-based organisation, found a natural fit with the Charter of Rights says Flexible Learning Option (FLO) Case Manager for Mission Australia, Danielle Stewart. ‘We see a number of young people in care in FLO, but the Charter also appeals to us because the rights are so widely applicable…

October 17, 2017

17 October 2017 The Statutes Amendment (Recidivist and Repeat Offenders) Bill 2017 is currently before Parliament.  If enacted it would strip away important rights and protections for young offenders but offer nothing about why and how the youth justice system has failed to prevent a child or young person who has been in that system from…

October 16, 2017

17 October, 2017 In less than two weeks the Guardian and her team will be setting out the direction of the Office for the next three years. How well have we worked with you?  How could we have done better?  Where should we direct our energies in the future? Real friends can be honest.  We…

October 12, 2017

In April 2013 we published an interview with Professor Andrew Day which discussed the importance of rehabilitation for those young people who find themselves involved with the justice system. It pointed to the research evidence that clearly demonstated that good programs, when they are well implemented, can reduce youth re-offending rates by up to 40…

October 2, 2017

3 October, 2017 The Adelaide Youth Training Centre (AYTC) is housed on two campuses in Cavan, north of the Grand Junction road.  One campus caters for female residents, younger male residents and young people in overnight remand and the other houses older male residents. In 2016-17 there were 887 total admissions accounting for 388 individual…

September 25, 2017

25 September 2017 Children are not adults. We all understand that. Isn’t that why we don’t let young people vote, drink, or buy cigarettes? Shortly, parliament will be debating a Government proposal to sentence some young offenders as if they are adults. It is fundamentally wrong for two reasons. First, it flies against everything we…