Mission Australia’s submission to the Independent Review of Youth Detention in Queensland calls for a shift to early intervention and prevention and addressing the underlying causes of offending. It also highlights service models that work to help young people get back on track through education, employment and cultural connection.
We believe that policy development and service delivery should be informed by the voices of the people affected. Accordingly, the findings and recommendations in this submission draw on what we’ve heard from young people themselves, gained though: our annual Youth Survey; and consultations specifically for this submission.
Mission Australia's response to the questions on notice following the public hearing on 3 April 2013. NSW Legislative Council General Purpose Standing Committee No 2 - Inquiry into drug and alcohol treatment.
Mission Australia strongly supports the establishment of Commonwealth legislation that deals with homelessness and is pleased to note the intention of the Homelessness Bill 2012 to preserve the best features of the Supported Accommodation Assistance Act 1994, particularly the recognition of the structural causes of homelessness.
Mission Australia fully supports the need for approval of treatments through a range of processes. Our concerns relate to the limited opportunities provided to the community sector services. Not only does this reduce the ability of services to participate in human research and ethics processes more generally but ensures they remain limited in their capacity to do so into the future.
Mission Australia strongly supports the intention of the Bill as presented in the preamble and firmly believes that all children are entitled to reach their full potential. We also affirm the intention that students should not be disproportionately affected as a result of their geographic, financial or other circumstances.
Mission Australia believes diversionary programs that detect and address signs of problem behaviour and help young people to negotiate challenges before they offend are a far better alternative than detention. As such we welcome the opportunity to contribute to 'Alternatives to Secure Detention for Youth in Tasmania', submitting a response informed by our direct service experience and research.
Practical Lessons, Fair Consequences: Improving diversion for young people in Victoria - October 2012
Mission Australia's submission states that diversionary programs produce a better outcome for young people and can be significantly cheaper to run given the substantial financial and other costs associated with detaining an individual in custody. Mission Australia sees this type of justice reinvestment as an approach that could reduce both the imprisonment rates of young people and offending rates.
Mission Australia applauds the development of a South Australian Vulnerable Youth Framework to help ensure that vulnerable youth receive the support to realise their potential. However, we are concerned about the lack of committed funding and the development of a framework that may lead to an increase in targeted funding for high-risk client groups at the expense of early intervention and prevention.
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