In WA we imprison children as young as ten.
That is why Shelter WA along with 74 Western Australian organisations joined a call for WA to raise the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (MACR) to 14 years.
More than 70 NGO’s and ACCO’s in WA collectively endorsed the new report released by coalition Social Reinvestment WA, ‘A Pathway to a Brighter Future for Western Australia’s most at risk children’.
143 children aged between ten and 13 were imprisoned in Banksia Hill Detention Centre without a sentence in 2018/19, found the Commissioner for Children and Young People.
Our youth justice system in WA’s is filled with the most vulnerable and at-risk children.
- The Telethon Kids Institute’s ground-breaking study in 2016 found that 89 per cent of children in Banksia Hill had a neuro-disability.
- 55 per cent of children in detention nationally are under the care of Child Protection services.
- 72 per cent of the young people in juvenile detention in WA last year were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. They are just 5 per cent of the population.
The report calls for the WA government to raise the age, and commit to youth justice reform to support WA’s most at risk and vulnerable children earlier on. SRWA also outline the fundamentals of a new approach to diverting these young people from crime, by focusing on justice reinvestment and a ‘No Wrong Door’ early intervention approach.
Social Reinvestment WA outlines the fundamentals of a new approach to diverting these young people from crime, by focusing on justice reinvestment and a ‘No Wrong Door’ early intervention approach.