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Changing the sentence

The findings of the QFCC's oversight of youth justice initiatives and examination of options to inform future youth justice systems and processes.

In 2019, the Director-General of the then Department of Youth Justice asked the QFCC to conduct oversight of youth justice initiatives and examine options to inform future youth justice systems and processes. 

We identified two questions.

Are youth justice reforms ensuring: 

  • there is a reliable, trusted system built on shared connections and commitment?
  • children’s rights, well-being and safety are being upheld and protected?

We examined activities and projects related to pillars two and three of the Queensland Government’s Working together Changing the Story: Youth Justice Strategy 2019–23 which were:

  • Keep children out of court.
  • Keep children out of custody.

We also considered the over-representation of Aboriginal children and Torres Strait Islander children in the youth justice system.

The QFCC’s report, Changing the sentence: overseeing Queensland’s youth justice reforms found that if the long-term goal of reducing youth crime is to be achieved, investment should focus on:

  • reducing the factors that may contribute to a young person committing crime (prevention and early intervention); and 
  • specialised services for the young people already in the formal system who are committing most of the crime. 

The system is more likely to be effective if at-risk young people are viewed through a rights and well-being, rather than criminal, lens. It will also be more effective if decision-making about services and support for Aboriginal children and Torres Strait Islander children is returned to local communities and community controlled organisations.

Changing the Sentence report

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Full report

Changing the Sentence full report (PDF, 3.95 MB)

Factsheet

QFCC Factsheet A4 v6 (PDF, 921.8 KB)

Report sections

Changing the Sentence report section Introduction (PDF, 1.38 MB)
Changing the Sentence report section Executive Summary (PDF, 78.72 KB)
Changing the Sentence report section Chapter 1 Introduction (PDF, 764.17 KB)
Changing the Sentence report section Chapter 2 Qld YJ system (PDF, 915.09 KB)
Changing the Sentence report section Chapter 3 reliable trusted (PDF, 668.34 KB)
Changing the Sentence report section Chapter 4 child rights well-being safety (PDF, 698.2 KB)
Changing the Sentence report section Chapters 5 & 6 Future opportunities and next steps (PDF, 491.91 KB)
Changing the Sentence report appendix and reference list (PDF, 757.25 KB)