Protecting children from harm in juvenile detention

Jodie O'Leary

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In ABC’s Four Corners exposé on the abuse of childrenat the Don Dale detention centre, intervieweebarrister John B Lawrence said:If I treated my children like that, the authorities would takemy children from me quite properly so because I would bebehaving cruelly to them.And, following the ABC’s 7:30 Report showingmistreatment at a Queensland Youth DetentionCentre, solicitor Debbie Kilroy tweeted about the‘Child abuse by State’.When a parent harms their child, a complaint can bemade and the State has the power to remove that childfrom the parent’s care. For example, in the NorthernTerritory (‘NT’) a child is considered in need of careand protection if, among other things, a parent hascaused harm to the child. Harm is any significantdetrimental effect to the child’s ‘physical, psychologicalor emotional wellbeing [or development]’
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-243
Number of pages5
JournalAlternative Law Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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