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The UN said it was ‘seriously concerned’ about the rise in mental health problems among children in Australia, including those from refugee and asylum-seeking families. Erik Anderson/AAP

‘The Australian government is not listening’: how our country is failing to protect its children

In a recent report, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child was highly critical of the Australian government for its youth justice failures and the rise of children with mental health issues.
Adolescent family violence has detrimental effects on the health and wellbeing of families, and is surrounded by stigma and shame. shutterstock

Long ignored, adolescent family violence needs our attention

Research is revealing that both families who have experienced adolescent family violence and those working with them feel the criminal justice system is not an appropriate way to respond to it.
Children currently in – or who have histories with – residential care services are more likely to have contact with the justice system. AAP/Julian Smith

How resilience can break the link between a ‘bad’ childhood and the youth justice system

Knowing why people with troubled childhoods may be more likely to engage in criminal activity is necessary to inform the development of effective prevention and early intervention initiatives.

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