May 30, 2019 |
Right now across Australia, there are children as young as 10 behind bars.
Children who should be in playgrounds and classrooms are instead being held in prison cells.
At 10 years of age, Australia has one of the lowest ages of criminal responsibility in the world. This is completely out of step with human rights standards and medical consensus on how children develop socially and cognitively.
Imprisoning children leads to terrible social and public health outcomes and undermines children's ability to thrive in life. That's why there are many voices now calling on our governments to raise the age of criminal responsibility to at least 14 years.
Together with health organisations, the Human Rights Law Centre is co-hosting an exciting event at the Royal Children's Hospital that will bring together doctors, public health experts, the President of the Children's Court and the Victorian Children's Commissioner to discuss this much needed change.
Will you join them? Click here to register
When: Thursday 13 June, 12:30 - 2:00pm (light lunch provided)
Where: Ella Latham Auditorium, Royal Children's Hospital, 50 Flemington Rd, Parkville