Megan Mitchell
National Children’s Commissioner
Opening Keynote Presentation
25 March 2014
Juvenile Justice? Having the Op...
Young People’s Views on Juvenile
Justice:
“No prison for kids”
– 16 year old male
“(If) the parole board monitored youth p...
Young People’s Views on Juvenile
Justice:
“Laws are getting too harsh and us young offenders
are getting long sentences.”
...
Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre
The Opportunity to Thrive
The right to be heard
(Article 12):
“States Parties shall assure to
the child who is capable of
...
Proportion of young people in NSW juvenile justice
detention reporting experiencing serious childhood
abuse or neglect
Sou...
6 Week Old Baby
“Normal” brain
6 Week Old Baby
“Foetal Alcohol Syndrome” brain
Prevention and Early Intervention
“Preventi...
6 Week Old Baby
“Normal” brain
6 Week Old Baby
“Foetal Alcohol Syndrome” brain
Case Study – ‘Casey’
Lifetime institutional...
Justice Reinvestment
Being shown around Redfern by young participants in
the Tribal Warriors program
Bourke Community, NSW
Photo from Bourke Primary School, May 2013
The Right to be Heard
“I… want more help on the
outside than being locked up
straight away.”
– 15 year old male
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Megan Mitchell delivered this presentation at the 5th Annual Juvenile Justice Summit 2014. This Summit hears from key state government representatives and youth justice organisations on the significant issues moving forward for juvenile justice in Australia.

For more information, please visit http://www.communitycareconferences.com.au/juvenilejustice14

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Megan Mitchell, National Children's Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission - - The Importance of Prevention & Early Intervention for Juvenile Justice: Ensuring the Opportunity to Thrive

  1. 1. Megan Mitchell National Children’s Commissioner Opening Keynote Presentation 25 March 2014 Juvenile Justice? Having the Opportunity to Thrive 5th Annual National Juvenile Justice Summit Rydges, Melbourne CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY
  2. 2. Young People’s Views on Juvenile Justice: “No prison for kids” – 16 year old male “(If) the parole board monitored youth progression in custody for long term clients, for early release and leave programs.” – 18 year old male “I would like better carers… so I can feel safe, better stuff to live with…better carers that are more capable of dealing with people in my circumstances.” – 15 year old male
  3. 3. Young People’s Views on Juvenile Justice: “Laws are getting too harsh and us young offenders are getting long sentences.” – 15 year old male “Juvenile justice doesn’t help kids – it makes them worse.” – 16 year old
  4. 4. Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre
  5. 5. The Opportunity to Thrive The right to be heard (Article 12): “States Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child.” Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 12
  6. 6. Proportion of young people in NSW juvenile justice detention reporting experiencing serious childhood abuse or neglect Source: Cashmore, 2011; adapted from Indig et all 2011 Links Between Juvenile Justice and History of Abuse
  7. 7. 6 Week Old Baby “Normal” brain 6 Week Old Baby “Foetal Alcohol Syndrome” brain Prevention and Early Intervention “Prevention and early intervention help to create resilient families.” Source: Moore & McDonald, 2013.
  8. 8. 6 Week Old Baby “Normal” brain 6 Week Old Baby “Foetal Alcohol Syndrome” brain Case Study – ‘Casey’ Lifetime institutional costs Source: McCausland et al 2013
  9. 9. Justice Reinvestment Being shown around Redfern by young participants in the Tribal Warriors program
  10. 10. Bourke Community, NSW Photo from Bourke Primary School, May 2013
  11. 11. The Right to be Heard “I… want more help on the outside than being locked up straight away.” – 15 year old male

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