Author Archives: Youthlaw

Patton’s apology to the Stolen Generations is just the beginning — we continue to fail kids in care.

We are repeating the past harm and horror of treatment of children in institutional care, today.

Nowhere is this more apparent than with respect to Aboriginal children.

As we talk about truth telling, but as the State Government stalls on accepting and implementing all recommendations of the Yoorook Commission of Inquiry into child protection and the criminal justice system, Aboriginal children are being removed from their family at alarming rates.

Supporting Smart Justice for Young People’s launch of ‘Working Together’


Youthlaw, as a co-convener of Smart Justice for Young People and proud to support the launch of ‘Working Together‘,  Smart Justice for Young Peoples’s Action Plan to End the Over-Representation of Particular Youth Cohorts in the Criminal Justice System.

Some information about Working Together from the Smart Justice for Young People team;

Working Together is for all decision makers working with young people aged 10-25 across government and the government funded community sector.

Youthlaw’s Victorian Law Week Events

As part of Law Week 2024, Youthlaw is excited to be offering a presentation on the new laws around affirmative consent and image-based sexual offences.

Join Youthlaw lawyer Lisa Nguyen for an insightful webinar on the latest laws regarding affirmative consent and image-based sexual offences.

Youthlaw supports the Yoorrook Justice Commission’s recommendations

Youthlaw supports Yoorrook Justice Commission‘s recommendations to government and are greatly disappointed in the response from the Victorian government this week.

Fundamental to any positive change is raising the age of criminal responsibility to 14, a return to a presumption of bail for all children, independent police oversight, expansion of Koori courts and a stand-alone indigenous child protection response.