Locking Up Our Kids – What Do We Hope to Achieve?
Free Public Lecture
Kwong Lee Dow Building
234 Queensberry Street
T: 8344 0472
The issue of youth detention reflects deep and divided views about punishment and its ‘deserving’ recipients. The current punitive correctional model can inflict further violence and harm on young people who have often already experienced multiple disadvantages.
Given recent revelations of abuse in youth detention centres, this timely event will examine the limits and possibilities of providing care and support for young people in these facilities. Specifically, it will question what youth detention aims to achieve and consider alternative approaches to 'locking up our kids' that promote, rather than undermine, dignity and safety for children in custody.
By complicating the conventional binary of punishment versus rehabilitation, this panel discussion hopes to shift the direction of youth detention policy and practice in Australia.
Mr Wayne Muir, CEO
Mr Wayne Muir
Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
Wayne is a Yorta Yorta/Barkinji man with extensive experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, justice and community development across the public and community sector. With qualifications in education, management and criminology, Wayne has been involved with Aboriginal justice and a leader in Indigenous education for over 20 years.
Mr Roger Antochi, General Manager
Mr Roger Antochi
Roger has experienced being young, homeless, depressed and living behind prison bars. With qualifications in alcohol and other drugs/mental health care, community welfare and development, and youth work, Roger has over 14 years’ experience in the community sector. Talent RISE promotes employment opportunities for young people within the technology industry.
Ms Anne Hooker, Youth Development Officer, Penhyn Youth Unit
Ms Anne Hooker
Youth Development Officer, Penhyn Youth Unit
Port Phillip Prison
Anne has run the Youth Unit since its inception in 1997. Her ethos is one of care and responsibility, promoting a prosocial environment for young men, aged 18 to 25, who are recognised as vulnerable to harm in the adult prison environment due to their age, social and/or health issues.
Professor Nathan Hughes, Professor in the Department of Sociological Studies
Professor Nathan Hughes
Professor in the Department of Sociological Studies
The University of Sheffield
Nathan utilises developmental psychopathology and adolescent developmental science to critically analyse criminal justice practices and interventions, particularly those that discriminate against and criminalise young people with neurodevelopmental disabilities, such as brain injury or communication impairment. Nathan is currently researching the social and health determinants of young people’s justice system involvement.