Reducing the over-representation of Indigenous children in juvenile detention can be hard as funding and the law is mostly in the hands of the government. As mentioned in our previous blogs there is a need for youth programs that aim to educate children and tackle social and economic issues that are the root cause of the problem. Funding programs in Indigenous communities can be difficult as there are no stable resources that the community can rely on. This is why it’s so important to bring awareness on this issue to everyone in Australia so that they can understand it, help spread the news and change the way the government approaches the issue.
Here are 4 ways you can help:
- Educate yourself on the issue
Understand the factors and effects of incarceration on Indigenous children. Many Indigenous children go to juvenile detention due to social and economic disadvantages, substance abuse, mental health issues and discrimination from the criminal justice system. The effects of incarceration can also be harmful as they’re separated from their family and community and sometimes face abuse and assault from guards in the prison. When children are released from detention they often find it hard to adjust back to society, which leads to recidivism.
- Sign petitions
Signing petitions is a great way to help deliver a message to the government or prime minister and call for help. Here are two petitions that you can sign right now!https://act.oxfam.org/australia/ctg-dondale
- Spread the news!
You can help by sharing what you know to your family and friends or through your social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. It’s important for everyone to understand the crisis and the more people know about the issue, the more the government is willing to do something about it.
- Get involved or donate
There are various ways you can help break the cycle. If you’re a busy person but would like to fight for justice you can help by donating to organisations such as Justice Reinvestment NSW or Amnesty International. If you have free time and would like to actively participate you can check this link out: