Kids have healthy, happy childhoods when they live in loving and nurturing communities. It’s Kids’ connections with family and community that allows them to flourish, and sets them up for a good life.
But government policies are separating Indigenous kids from their communities. By locking up kids as young as 10, we are repeating our past mistakes and threatening our future as a fair, just and harmonious community.
In 2015, we launched our national report, A brighter tomorrow: Keeping Indigenous kids in the community and out of detention in Australia.
The report finds many ways that the Australian Government can improve its efforts to reduce the numbers of young Indigenous people incarcerated across the country. The report sets out practical recommendations for the Australian Government, including through ensuring Australia complies with international legal obligations, and through ongoing federal funding to the many successful Indigenous-led initiatives that keep young people in communities and on track.
This report is part of our campaign to end the over-representation of Indigenous kids in our justice system. Find out how you can get involved today!