When we visited Nauru as paediatric specialists three years ago, we were asked to see 30 of the 100 children being detained on the island. Among them was a six-year-old girl who had tried to kill herself and a two-year-old boy with such severe behaviour problems a doctor had prescribed anti-psychotic medicines. Their parents were in despair. They had fled persecution, trying to save their children from harm, but had ended up imprisoned on a remote island, without hope. We left with the view that these were the most traumatised children we had ever consulted on, far worse than children we had seen in Australia, Africa, Asia or Europe.
Kia ora koutou and welcome to the August edition of the YCAP newsletter.
This month we showcase local research and interventions, aimed at reducing youth offending and social harm, and improving outcomes for rangatahi.
In this issue:
The YCAP Partnering with Communities working group are continuing to meet with local YCAP groups and Youth Offending Teams across the country. If you would like advice on your current community action plan, or would benefit from facilitation to create or refresh your plan, please do not hesitate to contact us. We really enjoy meeting people from around the country and learning about the exciting initiatives that you have underway!
As always, if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please get in touch at YCAPideas@justice.govt.nz.
Youth are uniquely affected by humanitarian crises and conflict. The United Nations Security Council, on 9 December 2015, set a historical precedent by unanimously adopting a ground-breaking resolution on Youth, Peace and Security which recognises that “young people play an important and positive role in the maintenance and promotion of international peace and security”. This landmark resolution urges Member States to give youth a greater voice in decision-making at the local, national, regional and international levels.
Read the full report here
Together with a colleague from the UK, Dr Hannah Merdian (http://staff.lincoln.ac.uk/hmerdian), I am conducting research on an issue you may be interested in. The over-arching aim of this research is to conduct a preliminary study of ‘what works’ in the risk identification and interventions currently in use with regard to sexual abuse, and to use this information to devise assessment tools with the aim of improving primary prevention and early intervention.
We would like to invite you to take part in:
- a brief survey (about 5 minutes) on risk prevention and assessment (and/or to distribute it to others who work with young people). We’d really value the experience of as many people as possible on this important topic.
The survey consists mostly of closed questions with answer options to choose from, so is quick to complete. However, we’ve also included several text boxes, if you’d like to elaborate further. You will not be asked to supply any information that could be used to identify you, or your organisation. If you’re willing to take part, please click on the link below, which will take you to the online questionnaire: Assessment & prevention survey.
Check out this great article on teenage risk taking. Its about wanting to have experiences not deificts in brain development!!
Please find the Friday 7 April 2017 issue here.
Please find the Friday 3 February 2017 issue here.
Please find the Friday 6 January 2017 issue here.
Please find attached Issue 76 of Court in the Act.
Court in the Act will also shortly be available online.
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The Office of the Principal Youth Court Judge
Te Tari o te Kaiwhakawā Matua o te Kōti Taiohi
E mōhio ana koe? Do you know... How the Rangatahi Court got its name?
Kānohi ki te kānohi: Face to Face Meet the Principal Youth Court Judge John Walker & two new Youth Court Judges
Te Ahi Kaa: The Home Fire Te Kōti Rangatahi ki Mātaatua report on a wānanga they held
He Ripoata: Special Report Cultural Roots of Restorative Justice Retreat, Tukwila Community Centre - Seattle, Washington
Ngā Hau e Whā: Four Winds Kaumātua from Te Arawa and a Brit-ish Member of Parliament visit the Pasifika Court
He Ripoata: Special Report Hear from the Rangatahi Court Judges who attended the AIJA Indigenous Justice Conference - Alice
Tatauranga: StatisticsSee the latest statistics that show the over-representation of rangatahi Māori in the Youth Courts
The WHO Secretariat, in collaboration with other UN agencies and in consultation with youth, Member States and major partners, have drafted the global implementation guidance for Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA! guidance). Its aim is to support the implementation of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030).
The first draft of the AA-HA! Guidance is now available for review by individuals and institutions. Input is now requested from governments, civil society, the private sector, academia, youth groups and citizens. If YOU have feedback, please respond by 15th January 2017 so that your comments can influence and be incorporated into the final document.
Go to this web page to read about the AA-HA! and participate in the survey.
The Lancet Commission are offering a series of upcoming adolescent health and well-being webinars and events.
Read more here.