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NATIONAL JUSTICE SYMPOSIUM

PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES: RETHINKING THE EXTENT OF CHILDREN'S INVOLVEMENT IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

 

On the 18th and 19th of September 2013, Jesuit Social Services convened it's second National Justice Symposium. The National Justice Symposium brings together key decision makers, thinkers, stakeholders and members of the community to discuss pressing issues in the criminal justice system.

In 2013, the National Justice Symposium explored the issues surrounding the youngest children in our criminal justice system and identified areas for potential reform. Key leaders and experts from across Australia came together to address the theme of: "Pushing the boundaries: rethinking the extent of children's involvement in the criminal justice system".

Please click here  to read the overview of the Symposium proceedings.

Day 1: Wednesday 18 September - Philippa Brazill lecture theatre, Daniel Mannix Building, Australian Catholic University

    • Keynote address by Megan Mitchell, National Children's Commissioner – click here to view powerpoint slides from Megan's presentation
    • Panel discussion featuring:
      - Muriel Bamblett - CEO, Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA)
      - Judge Michael Bourke - Chair, Victorian Youth Parole and Residential Board
      - Professor Chris Cunneen - The Cairns Institute and School of Law, James Cook University
      - Bernie Geary - Victorian Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People
      - Reynah Tang - President, Law Institute of Victoria

Day 2: Thursday 19 September, Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square

    • Welcome address by Julie Edwards, CEO of Jesuit Social Services – click here to view powerpoint slides from Julie's presentation.
  • Session 1: Meeting the needs of vulnerable Aboriginal children

- Presentation by Muriel Bamblett, CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) – click here to view powerpoint slides from Muriel's presentation

- Panel discussion involving:
   • Jodeen Carney, CEO of the Northern Territory Department of Children and Families
   • Andrew Jackomos, Victorian Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People
   • Jenny Samms, Strategic Advisor, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS)

  • Session 2: The youth justice/child protection crossover

- Presentation by Associate Professor Judy Cashmore AO, from the Sydney University Law School – click here to view powerpoint slides from Judy's presentation

- Panel discussion involving:
  • Dr Howard Bath – Children's Commissioner, Northern Territory
  • Bernie Geary – Victorian Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People
  • Robyn Miller - Associate Director, Office of Professional Practice, DHS Victoria
  • Megan Mitchell – National Children's Commissioner

  • Session 3: Alternative approaches to the boundaries of youth justice systems

- Presentation by Professor Chris Cunneen, The Cairns Institute and School of Law, James Cook University – click here to view powerpoint slides from Chris' presentation

- Panel discussion involving
  • Jodeen Carney, CEO of the Northern Territory Department of Children and Families
  • Magistrate Elizabeth Ellis, NSW Magistrates Court
  • Ian Lanyon – Director of Secure Services, Department of Human Services (Victoria)

  • Session 4: Reforming legislation, policy and practice to better meet the needs of vulnerable children

- Presentation by Patricia Faulkner, Chairman of the Board, Jesuit Social Services – click here to view powerpoint slides from Patricia's presentation

- Panel discussion involving:
  • Penny Armytage, Partner at KPMG, former head of the Victorian Department of Justice
  • Sargeant Tim Hardiman, Community Engagement Support Team, Victoria Police
  • David Murray – Director, Youth Partnerships Secretariat, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Victoria

  • Session 5: Bringing about change: effective advocacy and public opinion

- Presentation by The Hon Rob Hulls, Director of the Centre for Innovative Justice

- Panel discussion involving:
  • Lachlan Harris – Journalist and former political media adviser
  • James McCue – the Centre for Learning and Development at Edith Cowan University


Overview

Jesuit Social Services' National Justice Symposium brings together key decision makers, thinkers, stakeholders and members of the community to discuss pressing issues in the youth justice system.

The theme for the 2013 Symposium is 'Pushing the boundaries: rethinking the extent of children's involvement in the criminal justice system'.

The need for the Symposium is clear, with renewed public and media attention being directed towards youth justice systems throughout Australia around issues such as Aboriginal over-representation, children being transferred to adult prisons and 'tough on crime' policies and legislation being pushed by State Governments around Australia.

Ultimately, we would like to develop a picture of what reforms are needed (practice, policy, legislative) to ensure we more effectively respond to vulnerable young children who come into contact with the justice system.


Program

Download the 2013 National Justice Symposium program


Speakers



For further enquiries, contact: Erin Hunter, Jesuit Social Services - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 03 9421 7617.

 
 
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