RAISE MINIMUM AGE FOR CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY
Children across Australia should be in schools and playgrounds, not prison cells. As the ACT Government has shown leadership every other state and territory government must follow suit and change their laws so that children are no longer hauled before courts and locked away in jails.
AGAINST FAST-TRACKING CHILDREN FOR ADOPTION
In August, the GPV/KCV Board wrote to all federal members of parliament to outline concerns with the approach to adoption being taken in NSW. Of particular concern was the move to advertise children for adoption on a website.
SUPPORTING YOUNG ADULTS IN OUT-OF-HOME CARE
Within a year, many young people who leave out of home care at age 18 will end up homeless and living on the streets. Many others continue to live with their kinship carers for years to come because they cannot cope with the outside world. The financial burdens are enormous.