Decreasing exposure of children and young people with the criminal justice system

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The QFCC has worked with a number of stakeholders to look at how as a collective we can work together to limit or decrease the exposure of children and young people with the criminal justice system. 

We are hearing that children and young people with lived experiences in residential care feel stigmatised and criminalised while living there and evidence suggests police are too often being called to respond to events that would not receive a criminal justice response in a family home setting. 

Research, data and lived experiences of children and young people clearly indicates a need to reduce children’s contact with the criminal justice system. 

With this research, data and the voices of children and young people, the QFCC has released the ‘Joint agency protocol’ – a document developed together with our sector colleagues to reduce preventable police call-outs to residential care services. The Joint agency protocol aims to strengthen outcomes for children living in residential care by promoting trauma-responsive care and preventing the unnecessary involvement of police to respond to incidents at residential care services. 

The QFCC is incredibly proud of our sector partners for working together with us to deliver an agreed strategy that will help better the lives of those children and young people living in residential care. 

Government agencies, non-government organisations and young people will continue to work together to strengthen responses and outcomes for children living in out-of-home care.  Find out more information about young people living in care