Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Juvenile justice supervision figure 4yr high

An Institute of Health and Welfare report has found that the number of young Australians being detained under juvenile justice supervision has reached a four-year-high.

Almost 6,000 young people are now under juvenile justice supervision in Australia each day.

Ninety-two per cent of those being detained are male and almost half are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.

The report says Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are nearly 14 times as likely to enter juvenile justice supervision as non-Indigenous young people.

The Institute's Rachel Aalders says the over-representation of Indigenous young people in the juvenile justice system is continuing.

"While only 5 per cent of Australians aged 10-17 are Indigenous, over a third of those who had supervision in 2006-2007 were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander," she said.


Education forum: focus on employability?
What about a greater emphasis on social skills? They are things like communication, conflict resolution, self preservation, street wise, vulnerability, self-worth, self presentation, efficacy, mentoring. Because up to three generations of parents don't have social skills to pass on to their children. Corporate interests already reap from the academics but what about the tens of millions spent on the 5 per cent of people who don't make it? The money spent on those people make up a very large sum of taxpayer’s money spent on police, prisons, courts, hospitals, the morgue, and the victim industry. Those 5 per cent of children don't get a life or become a corporate asset if they don't make it!

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