Troubled Youth need the voice of an independent Childrens Commissioner
Social Justice Aotearoa is once again calling for the government to rethink its current
position of removing the children’s commissioner role as it is now.
CEO Jackie Foster has today said, “its little wonder we are seeing youth out of control in our youth detention centres, kids like this come from broken homes and need structure and support not locking up without a voice or solutions. It hasn’t worked previously and it’s not working now.”
Foster went on to say, “I accept that youth crime is on a downward trend, and congratulate Ministers Davis and Sepuloni for the good work that they have done on this issue, but the work has only just started, and by removing the children’s commissioner the job will only get harder”.
Around 80% of the young offenders who come under the watch of Oranga Tamariki have been the victim of family violence, and over 90% of them have a learning disability.
Jackie said “it seriously is time to understand the damage caused by, old out of date government policy forced on New Zealand by the likes of the Sensible Sentencing Trust, and the bad effect it has had. We need to find better family-based solutions, working with not only children but also the families involved.