Youth justice challenges outlined in report

Youth justice challenges outlined in report

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

We welcome the report into youth justice centres in Victoria by the Legal and Social Issues Committee of the Victorian Parliament, released on 6 March 2018.

‘The report catalogues many of the challenges our lawyers experience every day when helping young people in the youth justice system,’ said Executive Director, Criminal Law Services Dan Nicholson.

‘It acknowledges the need to ensure that the system makes a shift towards effective diversion and therapeutic measures for children caught up in the law.’

The committee made 33 findings and 39 recommendations to improve Victorian youth justice centres. This includes consideration of:

  • the negative consequences of a growing remand population
  • the need to ensure that detention is combined with tailored therapeutic and rehabilitative services to benefit these young people
  • the need to ensure that young people are supported to understand the court process
  • the need for young people to maintain connections to education
  • measures to improve the timelines of justice for young people by reducing delay in the Children’s Court
  • the importance of access to appropriate supports and services for young people, especially young people leaving detention.

 We have been actively involved in this inquiry and provided a written submission and oral evidence at a public hearing.

‘It is clear that our experience providing legal assistance to children and young people has assisted the Committee in its consideration of these issues,’ said Dan.

‘We welcome the contribution of this report towards more effective interventions and we will continue to work towards better justice for children and young people.’

More information

Read our submission to the public hearing.

Read the report into youth justice centres in Victoria

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