Queensland Law Society

QLS Children’s Law policy paper highlights major issues

Date 23 Oct 2012
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Queensland Law Society (QLS) will launch tomorrow a policy paper that highlights major issues in six core areas of Children’s Law.

Issues highlighted as primary concerns include 17-year-old offenders in the adult criminal justice system, the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in the child protection system and the rehabilitation of young offenders.

President of the Children’s Court of Queensland, Judge Michael Shanahan, and Queensland Law Society President Dr John de Groot will speak at the event.

Deputy President Annette Bradfield said QLS recognised the overlapping effects that children’s issues may have on other areas of practice such as family and criminal law.

“The Children’s Law policy paper galvanises primary issues for consideration by QLS’ legal practitioner members, key stakeholders and QLS committees,” Ms Bradfield said. “The issues and recommendations raised in the paper affect thousands of families.

“We speak for children who are clearly vulnerable, such as asylum seeker children and those in the child protection system,“ she said.

“We also speak for those who require rehabilitation and some care and understanding before their behaviour becomes entrenched as an adult.

“For example, it’s concerning that there are currently no residential detoxification facilities for young people in Queensland and only one drug and alcohol withdrawal program.

“We recognise that children need to be protected and supported due to their vulnerability, dependence on their families and their continuing emotional, cognitive and physical development.”

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