Joy Burch has announced the launch of her Blueprint for Youth Justice in the ACT:
“I am very pleased to see initiatives in this Blueprint that the Government can progress on, such as the development of a multi-agency framework to identify children and young people who are at risk of entering the youth justice system, with a focus on those who are in the care and protection system or whose parents are incarcerated.
“Other initiatives put forward in the Blueprint include increasing restorative justice options, enhancing diversionary accommodation options, and actively recruiting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at Bimberi and in community youth justice services.”
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Ms Burch the Government had already allocated $5.5 million over four years in the 2012-13 Budget to progress the implementation of the Blueprint, as well as $15.3 million in additional funding for the out-of-home care system which would support early intervention objectives.
One can’t help thinking some of these things we might like to get a chance to vote on rather than get handed a 10 year plan 3 months out from an election.
UPDATE 15/08/12 14:10: The Greens’ Meredith Hunter is thrilled.