Balanced Justice is a network of concerned community and church groups that seeks to enhance the safety of all Queenslanders by promoting understanding of criminal justice policies that are effective, evidence-based and human rights compliant.
This paper outlines challenges, shares evidence and statistics and offers a way forward, including a call to parties to implement critical measures.
Balanced Justice promote youth justice policies that are targeted to deal with the causes of children’s offending.
Dysfunctional families, child abuse and neglect, mental health issues, poverty, social and economic disadvantage in communities, delayed language and development, and the incapacity of abused, neglected and unhealthy children to engage with education are all factors contributing to childhood offending.
The majority of young offenders come from locations experiencing social and economic stress, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in northern and regional Queensland.