19 December 2019

What children and young people in juvenile justice centres have to say

This report details the findings from the NSW Advocate for Children and Young People’s  (ACYP) consultations with children and young people in detention between 2015 and 2019 about what was, and was not working well for children and young people in NSW and what they thought the top priorities should be for NSW Government  to improve the lives of all children and young people. The ACYP made a series of recommendations to address the issues raised by the children and young people. These included Increased resourcing for whole-of-community programs, particularly in regional and Aboriginal communities, to help strengthen capacity to tackle systemic conditions such poverty, substance use, mental health difficulties, family violence, and intergenerational trauma to support children and young people, and prevent them from entering the justice system. They also suggested  greater investment in mental health and drug and alcohol support options for young people, more life skills programs geared toward children and young people tackling complex challenges, the development of targeted employment support programs and increasing the availability of intensive one on one casework support targeted towards children and young people identified as being at risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system to assist them to successfully navigate the service system.