The federal government should create a federal child and youth advocate — a children’s commissioner — in order to help Canada’s crossover youth.
In one year, an average 566 children between 10 and 13 were in detention. Almost 70% were Indigenous children.
Australia should look to the New Zealand model, which has a strong focus on community, and recognises that the majority of young people grow-out of participating in crime.
Children are still being held in police cells and juvenile detention for low-range offences, under alarming conditions. Here’s how their mental health and future prospects suffer.
One year after the Royal Commission into Northern Territory child detention recommended big changes, little of substance has been done to tackle the problem by the NT Labor government.
Psychotropic medication is ‘pharmaceutical violence’ against migrant children and other incarcerated youth throughout the United States. Drug addiction is one consequence.
Simply based on how they are housed, forcibly separating immigrant kids from their families is bound to make a bad situation worse.
Research reveals that the factors that put youth at risk of sexual assault while in custody are significantly different from those that put adults at risk in prison.
Implementing the Don Dale royal commission’s recommendations will test the capacity to redress the ‘systemic and shocking failures’ it identified.
New research assessing young people in WA detention found 89% were severely impaired in at least one area of brain function. One in three had fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).
The Don Dale royal commission’s capacity to make lasting change lies with the government implementing its recommendations.
Architecture can affect behaviour and the choices we make. The brief is out for a centre to replace the Don Dale facility, but word is, it’s ‘a disgrace’. We can do much better.
A short history of legal challenges to immigrant detention practices in the U.S. may shed light on what’s to come for the new administration.
What’s shocking about the treatment of detainees in youth detention is not so much the treatment of those vulnerable people, but that it is happening in a wealthy country like Australia.