For many years, Victoria led the country in supporting kids in trouble. There was a common understanding across sectors, including Government, police and community, about holding young people who offend accountable while giving them the chance to make amends for their actions. As a direct result of this approach, we saw long-term decreases in first time and repeat offending.
Now we are seeing a negative shift towards harsh punishments that close the door on kids early, and less investment in proven programs that give them a second chance in life and support them to take advantage of that opportunity. This has made it harder for everyone trying to work with kids in crisis, including parents, teachers, carers, youth workers and health professionals. That means worse outcomes for young people and the community.
Jesuit Social Services is asking the people of Victoria to call for the Victorian Government to strengthen the foundations for real justice and safer communities, support kids and communities to prevent offending, and give kids the support they need to get back on track.
Volunteer to host a Kitchen Table Conversation with your friends, family or neighbours to contribute to a People’s Platform for Youth Justice in Victoria.
Real stories of young people
#WorthASecondChance is driven by the experiences and stories of young people who’ve had experience with the youth justice system. You can watch their stories on the campaign website: www.worthasecondchance.com.au/stories
You can also contact the Campaign Manager, Nick Orchard on 03 9421 7600 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to volunteer, share your story or contribute to the campaign in other ways.
More information about #WorthASecondChance can be found here