Category: Latest releases

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…

September 12, 2017

12 September 2017 The Office of the Guardian’s analysis of the Productivity Commission Report on Government Services 2017 (ROGS) data has shown that, compared to the rest of Australia, our state spends significantly less per child on the services that prevent children coming into state care and more per child on out-of-home care once they…

August 31, 2017

31 August 2017 On 5 July 2017, the Government introduced the Statutes Amendment (Youths Sentenced as Adults) Bill 2017 to Parliament.  The Bill seeks to reverse the previous primary focus in sentencing young offenders from rehabilitation to protection of the public. The Guardian’s submission in response to the Bill argues that the Bill not only…

August 29, 2017

29 August 2017 Commissioner Nyland stated that, in child protection, coordination and collaboration between agencies should be the norm. Non-government organisations (NGOs) responding to the Guardian’s June 2017 survey  said that, in many instances, it was not.   Most NGOs assessed the frequency of cooperation and collaboration as ‘sometimes’ or less. The full analysis and…

August 22, 2017

22 August 2017 Of the approximately 3,600 children in state care in South Australia on 30 June, 2017, one third were of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. Connection to family, culture and place is important for all children but especially so for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children.  The forced separation of the Stolen…