Mission Australia knows that vulnerable youth, including those who have been abused or neglected, are also more likely to be incarcerated. They risk becoming our most marginalised adults.
It’s not uncommon for young people to engage in some type of anti-social behaviour, but relatively few go on to become persistent offenders.
Young people who get caught up in a cycle of offending can face a bleak future.
We will see them in our homeless shelters, in hospital emergency wards being treated for acute mental illness and in our jails. Jailing young people is costly and counterproductive: it actually increases recidivism rates.
The message we are telling government, the media and community is that locking up young people is not the solution.
We believe investing in diversionary and post-release support programs and improving the capacity of teachers, nurses, counsellors, schools and hospitals to identify children at risk will reduce the likelihood of offending.
Learn more by downloading Mission Australia’s Position on Youth Justice 2013
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Homelessness & social housing support
We believe every person in Australia should have access to safe and secure housing.
Early intervention and prevention allows us to address issues before they become major setbacks.
We provide youth services across the nation that support young men and women as they journey towards adulthood.
Disability, visible or not, shouldn’t prevent a person from being active in their community.
Employment can benefit a person's health and wellbeing, as well as their financial situation.
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