Early intervention, education and housing can all help keep teenagers out of serious trouble. And that’s important, because contact with the youth justice system can have very poor outcomes. Angus Delaney and Phillip Pitsillou report.
Trauma and lack of support are a common background for Indigenous children caught in the youth justice system. Gideon Aroni talks to Victorian Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People Justin Mohamed about creating positive change.
With fewer resources to keep them off the streets, young people in regional areas face a major struggle to stay away from the youth justice system. Support agencies are desperate for more funding to help, writes Jemima Nash.