We are seeking an experienced and passionate lawyer 4 days a week , to coordinate and further develop a program which connects small teams (legal pods) of pro bono lawyers to young people exiting the child protection care system, to assist them to respond to and address multiple legal needs as they transition to independence.
28 June 2019
The Sentencing Advisory Council Crossover Kids report into vulnerable children in the criminal justice system released yesterday, is a powerful analysis of a historical & current failure to adequately address the trauma of childhood abuse & neglect.
This is a timely report given the recent Vic Government budget announcement of expansions & new prisons to be built.
Proposed new laws , listed to be debated in Parliament today, would result in more young people, often from disadvantaged parts of our community, getting caught up in the criminal justice system. These proposals come at a critical time when Victoria actually needs to be doing much more to reduce prison numbers and promote reforms to prevent people entering cycles of crime.
In a letter sent this week, Youthlaw calls on all candidates to consider the critical youth justice issues leading up to and beyond the upcoming Victorian election.
We urge candidates to back Youthlaw’s platform and the realistic solutions and evidence of what works to support all young people to have the opportunity to realise their potential.