Urgent juvenile justice reform

”Perpetuating a failed system that hardens young people, does not reduce reoffending and fails to rehabilitate young lives and set them on a new course, is a step backwards.”

In November Commissioner Margaret White AO and Commissioner Mick Gooda handed down the findings of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. They were damning. Dusseldorp Forum supports the immediate implementation of the report’s recommendations and the adoption of Change the Record’s National Plan of Action across every Australian state and territory.

“The failures we have identified have cost children and families greatly, they have not made communities safer and they are shocking.”

The recommendations made by the Commission are specific when it comes to the community engagement required to implement its findings. With the vast majority of children in detention being Aboriginal, the Commission endorses a place-based approach in partnership with local communities and Aboriginal leadership where “the partnership should be built on the principles of mutual respect, shared commitment, shared responsibility and good faith.”