Report: Young First Nations people yarn about youth justice

The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) has launched ‘Yarning for Change: Listen to my voice’, a report that captures the raw and uncensored insights and perspectives of children, young people, their families and communities about their experiences of Queensland’s youth justice system.

Over six months, the QFCC spoke with more than 100 people who described how current youth justice responses affect children’s and young people’s wellbeing and how effective responses are in reducing the likelihood of reoffending. The vast majority of participants were First Nations people.

Children and young people spoke about their experiences in the child protection system, periods of detention, and their interactions with court processes and police. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people described disconnection from kin, community, and culture; disengagement from education during and after detention; and experiences of discrimination as key drivers of youth crime and the greatest inhibitors of their wellbeing.

In the next stage of this project, the QFCC will return to community to share the report with people who participated and to gather about actions government can take to improve effectiveness of the youth justice system.

Children and young people have a right to participate in decisions that affect their lives. Read their insights.