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Youth Justice

Community Legal Centres Queensland believes that children and young people are fully entitled to respect for their human rights.

Community Legal Centres Queensland supports the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, on which all decisions regarding persons under the age of 18 years should be based.

Community Legal Centres Queensland advocates

  • increased adherence to the fundamental rights and freedoms contained in United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • a youth justice system which responds to young people in a meaningful way, cognisant of their individual context, developmental status and cultural background;
  • the reduction of the levels of young people on remand in detention;
  • support for young people on youth justice orders;
  • a stance against the criminalisation of young people in situations where it is unwarranted and discriminatory;
  • That appropriate standards of professional development be met by all persons working with young people in the youth justice system.
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Submission: Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

PDF icon Submission: Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014
Community Legal Centres Queensland supports the strengthening of programs that reduce youth offending and increase community safety by looking to the causes of crime, and welcomes the opportunity to engage in constructive discussions with the Government to achieve these outcomes. However, this Bill is unlikely to make our community safer or reduce offending behaviour.

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