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  • The Overrepresentation of Indigenous Young People in Incarceration

    As discussed in the recent Fairfax article, “Call for mandatory sentencing laws to be scrapped to reduce indigenous incarceration rates” (published online 08/04/16), the Nation’s peak body for barristers, the Australian Bar Association, is calling the over-representation of Indigenous people in our prisons and juvenile detention centers a “national disgrace”. The Association are calling to […]

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  • An open letter to our politicians on Immigration Detention

    At the ACT Group, we do our best to minimise engagement in the political. We see our role as needing to focus on the best outcomes for infants, children and young people.   That said, we are greatly disturbed by the abuse of children in immigration detention. I am not sure how the debate about […]

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  • Statement: Child Commissioner’s Report

    The Child Commissioner’s report is a courageous investigation into residential care in Victoria, and clearly demonstrates we have a long way to go to provide the best possible care for the most vulnerable children. Residential care without a framework, a focus and well-trained and critical staff will fail to meet the healing needs of children […]

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  • ACT Group: Reflecting on work with the Royal Commission

    CEO Gregory Nicolau and Senior Consultant Nicholas Grainger talk about the specialised training carried out by the ACT Group to support the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. When we hear about the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, it most commonly regards the hearings themselves. Media focuses on the […]

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  • Out of Home Care in Australia

    Out of Home Care in Australia is little understood by the community, other than at times when stories break in the news concerning the poor care of children and young people living away from home. To some degree our sector is more secretive than ASIO, justified on the grounds of confidentiality or privacy. Whilst the […]

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  • Childhood Abuse, Domestic Violence and the Sexualisation and Objectification of Women

    On my walk home last week I passed a swimwear shop close to my home. This shop often has posters of young female models in various poses in bikini and one-piece swimsuits. From time to time there are to be seen older women and younger men. On the shop’s website they indicate their belief that […]

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