Queensland Law Society

Children’s Law paper – a voice for the vulnerable

Today, we launched our Children’s Law policy position’s paper that provides the platform on which we stand on a range of legal issues affecting children and young people.

Priority issues include:

  • a child’s need to have access to support persons and lawyers during legal proceedings
  • mental health issues that unaccompanied asylum seeking children face
  • 17 year olds in the adult criminal justice system
  • over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in the youth justice and child protection systems.

The paper was launched by Judge Michael Shanahan, President of the Children’s Court of Queensland and Dr John de Groot, Queensland Law Society President.

At the launch Judge Shanahan spoke on preventing offending behaviour, rehabilitation for young offenders, the issue of Queensland 17-year-olds in adult prisons, and the need to holistically address youth justice and child protection issues.

Dr de Groot expanded on the importance of children’s law advocacy, particularly in light of the priority issues listed above creating a number of ‘flashpoints’ that require attention.

We will continue to determinedly advocate for a change on the six main areas of concern detailed in the paper (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, youth justice, child protection, education, family law and unaccompanied asylum seeker children).

Access the statewide media release or contact our Advocacy team for more information, policy@qls.com.au, 07 3842 5884.