ECCQ President’s Update

On 27 February 2024, the Parliamentary Youth Justice Reform Select Committee held a Public Hearing in Rockhampton. The purpose of the public hearing was to assist the YJR Select Committee in its inquiry into youth justice reform in Queensland. The focus of the hearing was evidence-based on seven priority areas –

  1. improving support for victims of crime and confidence in the youth justice system;
  2. the need for a long-term youth justice strategy;
  3. better early assessment, intervention and prevention;
  4. improving young people’s engagement with therapeutic programs;
  5. supporting their transition from detention back into the community;
  6. reimagining youth justice infrastructure;
  7. the operation of the Youth Justice Act 1992.

ECCQ Management Group put together a Submission – ‘A Collective Approach, Closing the YJ Gap’ which was submitted to the Parliamentary Youth Justice Reform Committee (Submission 204) on 1 March 2024. Please also read the Rockhampton Community-Based Crime Action Group’s submission – No. 179 (same link as above) and Our Space Submission (No. 200). We will keep you updated on the progress of the youth justice reform.

Upcoming dates for our Community Workshops will be advertised soon.

Kindest regards

Julie Irwin – President Every Child CQ
(on behalf of the ECCQ Management Group)

We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country and recognise their connection to land, wind, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures, and to the Elders both past and present.