Media releases

Guardian highlights the need for an urgent response as UN criticises Australia’s failure to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility – 22 January 2021
Penny Wright, South Australia’s Guardian for Children and Young People and Training Centre Visitor, has called on the South Australian Government to urgently raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 years.

Guardian reports that safety of children in care continues to be of great concern – 1 December 2020
For the third consecutive year, the Guardian for Children and Young People Annual Report states that safety and stability in care continues to the biggest advocacy issue raised by children and young people in care, with the highest number of concerns coming from those living in residential or commercial care.

Calls for youths in detention to receive better trauma-informed support to address complex needs – 12 November 2020
A year of reforms and achievements has seen more humane and respectful experiences for children and young people detained in SA’s only youth detention centre yet concerns for their wellbeing remain.

Routine semi-naked searches to cease at Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre – 5 August 2020
Penny Wright, Guardian for Children and Young People and Training Centre Visitor congratulates the Minister and the Department for Human Services on the commencement of use of full body scanners at Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre.

Training Centre Visitor disappointed 10-year-olds to remain in detention – 28 July 2020
Training Centre Visitor and Guardian for Children and Young People Penny Wright is disappointed at the Council of Attorneys-General’s decision to not raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility.

Great responsibility. Whose responsibility? – 23 July 2020
The first formal inspection of South Australia’s only youth justice detention centre has found that the potential for rehabilitation is undermined by inadequate resourcing and a correctional environment.

Training Centre Visitor congratulates Government on ban of spit hoods – 1 July 2020
Penny Wright, Training Centre Visitor, congratulates the Government on the absolute ban on the use of spit hoods at Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre (previously the Adelaide Youth Training Centre) as of 1 July 2020.