The Youth Coalition strongly supports raising the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (MACR) to at least 14 years in all circumstances. Young people who enter the criminal justice system often experience compounded forms of disadvantage and should be supported not criminalised. Our position on this issue is underpinned by the notion that offending children and young people should have their needs, and not only their deeds addressed. Historically, the incarceration of a young person has been centred in determining the individual’s ability to assess the wrongfulness of their actions. Yet, recent research has clearly shown “the very youngsters who are assumed to have the capacity to take responsibility for their behaviour are those who have the least capacity to do so”. This is evidenced by the high rates of compounded and complex forms of disadvantage, disability, and vulnerability young offenders experience. Some suggest 80% of young people in juvenile Australian detention settings have been subject to severe trauma prior to incarceration
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- What we doThe Youth Coalition is the peak youth affairs body in the ACT
We are responsible for representing and promoting the rights, interests and wellbeing of the estimated 78,000 young Canberrans aged 12-25 years and those who work with them.
One of the ways that the Youth Coalition aims to achieve its objectives is through pro-actively engaging in the development of policy that affects young people aged 12 – 25, and responding to policy activities such as discussion papers and strategies
The Youth Coalition provides consultancy support to community-based programs and services, as well as government agencies to undertake service improvement, research and evaluation activities that seek to improve outcomes for young people and their families.Service ImprovementThe Youth Coalition offers a systematic and structured approach to service improvement.
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The Youth Coalition works to inform people of important activities, events, resources and information relating to young people and the youth sector in the ACT