Call on Minister Farmer to end the practice of locking up 10 to 13 year-old children.
Overwhelming evidence shows that prison harms young kids. Children in prison are less likely to access education, mentoring and community support – the necessary elements for kids to grow up healthy and build the resilience they need to navigate life’s inevitable speed bumps.
We’re calling for the Queensland Government to stop locking up children younger than 14, and instead, provide prevention programs for kids which give them the care and support they need.
A recent report by former Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson recommended that the age that kids are locked up be raised to 12. Importantly, he acknowledged that the age should be eventually raised to fourteen.
If we can generate enough pressure and get the evidence in front of Minister Farmer we can get her to support an end to locking up kids younger than 14.