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Youth justice in need of long-term changes

The operations of youth detention facilities right across the country have been under the spotlight recently, and rightly so.
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I share the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s view that we must continue to be vigilant on youth justice issues, especially following the recent revelations of abuse at a Northern Territory juvenile justice facility.

Young people deserve access to the best possible opportunities in life, regardless of whether that is provided by their own family or by the government, when they are under the care of the state.Many of our young people who end up in youth detention come from backgrounds of significant trauma, andneed access to therapeutic rehabilitation.We must also remember that these are children and young people, and that we have taken on the guardianship role for these residents when they are in our care.

It has long been recognised that juvenile detention facilities need to run on a more healing, therapeutic and curative model, rather than on a punitive basis.We know that this is far more conducive to turning around young people’s lives and preparing them to be valued members of our community.Additionally, as part of this model, young people also need to ensure that their actions, while in the facility, do not diminish the safety and security of the workplace and staff who are trying to help them.

The Hodgman Liberal government recognises the current design and environment at Ashley does not support a contemporary model which is why earlier this year we announced the commencement of a Youth at Risk Strategy to outline how future government services should be delivered to at risk young people.

This is not just about how these young people interacting with the youth justice system but also those who are struggling with homelessness, mental health, drug and alcohol issues, or generally engaging in risk-taking behaviour.

A key component of this strategy is the development of an options paper on future possibilities for custodial youth detention in Tasmania.

We must put greater emphasis on education, health and safety for all young people at risk.The Tasmanian government is committed to find that new way forward and consult widely and honestly with the community about the challenges and options.The Youth at Risk Strategy will align with a number of reforms occurring across government like the Child Protection System Redesign, Safe Families Tasmania, Joined Up Human Services, Tasmania’s Affordable Housing Strategy and the Youth Suicide Prevention Plan.

In addition, the range of services currently provided across the state for young people at risk will be mapped and service gaps and any duplication identified.We must ensure that services are well coordinated so that we can identify risk and intervene earlier.

However, the solution cannot be left up to the government alone.The success of helping at risk youth, and preventing them from offending or re-offending is the responsibility of all of us: government, community sector organisations, families, the wider community along with the young people themselves.

The Youth at Risk Strategy aims to involve the entire community in recognising and addressing these challenges and, most importantly, care for our young Tasmanians as they learn to cope with particular issues and transition to adulthood.

Jacquie Petrusma, is the Minister for Human Services

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