You are hereby invited to the 2015-2016 Annual General Meeting of the Youth Affairs Network of Queensland Inc.
Where: 326 Montague Road, West End, Brisbane
Date: Thursday 1 December 2016
Time: 3:30 pm
RSVP: email email@example.com
Brotherhood of St Laurence has been funded by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research to undertake research to learn about the factors that help or hinder a young early school leaver’s experience with vocational education, using Victoria, Tasmania, and Queensland as their case study sites. YANQ has been assisting with this research by being a member of the Advisory Group and connecting the researchers with relevant service providers in Queensland.
Some of you (service providers) may have already participated and contributed to this research. Having consulted with organizations who interact with young people in each state the researchers are now commencing fieldwork with the aim of engaging early school leavers directly, and to listen to and record their views on vocational training - whether or not they’ve actually undertaken training.
To undertake this work the Brotherhood of St Laurence has sought assistance from YANQ members and/or our affiliates (they are focusing on the south east Qld, and up to Cairns), and we are hopeful that you may help.
Specifically, they are wondering whether you may help in one or more ways, perhaps by:
At this stage they are hoping to undertake this fieldwork through September, at times convenient to the ‘host’ or partner agency.
They researchers have organised to use the facilities at the Youth Development Foundation based in North Brisbane between Mon 12th - Fri 16th Sept. This certainly does not preclude them visiting your own services, if that’s what you may have in mind, but having access to YDF may in fact make things more convenient: perhaps as a location where they can engage with you and/or your clients and hold focus groups etc.
They have indicated that they are open to any alternative suggestions and arrangements as well.
If you can assist us with this important research please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in contact with the researchers at the Brotherhood of St Laurence.
Thanking you in advance in anticipation of your assistance.
We need you to sign the following petition and get 5 of your friends/family/colleagues to do so as well.
Together we can pressure the Qld government to get serious about using detention as a last resort, get kids younger than 13 out of detention, 17 year olds out of the adult prisons, and put the resources in place to prevent offending by addressing the reasons why children become involved in such behaviour.
Click here to sign the petition.
Youth Affairs Network Qld (YANQ) in collaboration with QUT, Griffith University, Youth Advocacy Centre and ATSILS are petitioning the Queensland Government to:
Recent media investigations on the ABC Four Corners, 7:30, and Lateline programs in the last few weeks have identified major problems facing young people in the juvenile detention system. In the Northern Territory these include staff use of excessive force, restraint chairs, spit hoods and tear gas. In Qld these include shocking images of brutality being used to restrain children in Cleveland Detention Centre, Townsville.
Currently, around 167 children between the ages of 10 and 17 are detained in Queensland juvenile detention centres. In 2015, 64% of those detained children in Qld juvenile detention centres were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. This included 63 children aged less than 13. In Queensland, the system allows a 10, 11 or 12 year old child to be arrested somewhere in North Queensland, transported to a detention centre in either Townsville or Brisbane, often thousands of kilometres away from their families, to face the possibility of institutional ‘care’ which does not meet community standards. Disproportionately many more are Indigenous children and many will also be known to the child protection system.
At the same time, Queensland is the only Australian State to treat 17 year olds as adults for the criminal justice system and place them in adult jail. Adult prison environments are harmful to young people, who have very high rates of suicide in these settings. This is a blatant violation of the UN Convention Rights of the Child which requires children not to be detained with adults.
UN Convention Rights of the Child also stipulates that detention should only be used as a last resort. Yet on average 80% of children in detention in Qld are on remand. They are locked up while waiting bail or a court hearing. Over 50% of these children are subsequently released, because their cases were withdrawn, acquitted or their offence did not warrant detention. This means many children who pass through the detention system are never actually convicted of an offence that warranted detention in the first place.
Detention is being over-used and is criminogenic – that is, it is more likely to lead to ongoing involvement in offending than preventing it.
This petition will be delivered to Qld Attorney-General Hon. Yvette D'Ath
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