Across Australia, children as young as 10 are charged, brought before a court, sentenced and locked up behind bars.
Despite overwhelming evidence from health experts, social workers, Indigenous leaders, legal experts and human rights organisations, Australian Governments are choosing to lock up children as young as 10 years old. This disproportionately impacts Indigenous youth.
When children this young are forced through a criminal legal process, their health, wellbeing and future are put at risk. Punitive approaches simply don’t work.
Governments should be funding tested Indigenous-led solutions and community programs which have better outcomes for children and communities.
The ACT is the first jurisdiction in Australia to make a commitment to bring its laws in line with UN standards by working to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14. Now it’s time for the rest of the country to follow this leadership.
Together we can make this happen. Will you send a postcard to call on your state’s decision makers to raise the age of criminal age of responsibility to at least 14?
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