Tag: youth_justice

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…

June 26, 2017

26 June 2017 The oversight of the South Australia’s Youth Training Centre will be energised by the Australian Government’s ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). This coincides with work in South Australia on Youth Justice Administration Act 2016 initiatives such as…

April 26, 2016

In some households at some times, giving a child time-out in their room may be a good solution.  It makes the parents’ point in a non-violent way and it imposes a modest and temporary penalty.  It allows time for emotions to cool. When the child returns to the family setting, there is the opportunity to…

March 11, 2016

11 March 2016 Youth justice in South Australia took a significant step forward yesterday with the passage through Parliament of the Youth Justice Administration Bill 2015. Speaking to the Bill, the Hon. Zoe Bettison, Minister for Social Inclusion and Communities, said that the legislation sought to – consolidate all youth justice administrative functions into one clear, concise…

February 23, 2016

The just-released Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report Young people in child protection and under youth justice supervision 2013–14 has confirmed the concerning trend that young people who are in state care are much more likely to enter youth justice detention. Data from the participating states* shows:. young people who were the subject of a care…

November 30, 2015

The Australian Children’s Commissioners and Guardians’ (ACCG) met in Canberra on 25 and 26 November 2015. The purpose of the ACCG is to strengthen the quality and effectiveness of strategic advocacy to promote and protect the safety, well-being and rights of children in Australia, particularly the most vulnerable or disadvantaged. Aunty Violet Sheridan welcomed to country all…

September 2, 2014

In July, the Australian Children’s Commissioners and Guardians (ACCG) released a Model Charter of Rights for Children and Young People Detained in Youth Justice Facilities. The model charter is based on international agreements to which Australia is a signatory, and provides children and young people in custody with an easy to understand guide to their…

December 9, 2013

There are some important emphases in both the Young Offenders Act 1993 and the Family and Community Services Act 1972 that appear over-shadowed in the summary of principles that are proposed for the Administration Act. Notably these are the ‘care…necessary for [a young person’s] development’ and the ‘proper realisation of their potential’ (Object (1) in…

November 11, 2011

Children’s Commissioners and Guardians from around Australia had their latest twice-yearly gathering in Sydney on 7 and 8 November. The Australian Children’s Commissioners and Guardians (ACCG) promotes children’s rights and participation and ensures the best interests of children are considered in public policy and program development across Australia. Topics at the meeting included social inclusion,…