Welcome back - changes a plenty.
What's happening in Youth Health?
Youth Wellbeing, Reviews, Reform, Research, Policy
What does this mean for Youth Health Professionals?
Thank you for recently meeting with Te Uepū and being part of the public conversation on justice reform. I am following up on the recent engagement between your organisation and Te Uepū. I understand that you were promised recent data about young people held on remand.
I believe most of the information you requested is in the report from Oranga Tamariki - Youth Remand Trends: 2011/12 to 2015/16. Here is the link to the report: https://www.orangatamariki.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/Research/Youth-Justice/Youth-Remand-Trends-Executive-Summary.pdf
For your specific question – does ‘time on remand’ count against any sentence young people may receive? The advice that I have received from Oranga Tamariki is that there is no formal mechanism in the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 to allow time spent on custodial remand to count as time served against a Supervision with Residence order imposed by the Youth Court. However, time spent on custodial remand could still be relevant to the decision-making process around the appropriate response to the offending.
As you’re probably aware, the judge considers a number of things when making a decision including: outcome recommendations made at the FGC and/or in the social worker report, the factors to be taken into account on sentencing listed in s284, and direction given in s289 to impose the least restrictive outcome adequate in the circumstances. Once these are assessed, a shorter Supervision with Residence order, or a non-custodial sentence may be considered appropriate for the young person.
I hope this information is useful for you and your organisation.
We thank you for giving up your valuable time to meet with Te Uepū.
Please let me know if you have any further questions. We will send you updates so that you can stay involved in this important ongoing conversation.
Ngā mihi nui
Secretariat to Te Uepū Hāpai I Te Ora I Advisory Group
Hāpaitia te Oranga Tangata I Safe and Effective Justice
Tāhū o te Ture I Ministry of Justice
P +64 4 4949 889 | Ext 50889
L3 Justice Centre | 19 Aitken Street
Thank you for attending the Health Sector Engagement with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet regarding the development of New Zealand’s first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy across the country.
In preparation for the workshop we included two documents that we think are helpful, and interesting, reading. These are:
1. Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy Proposed Outcomes Framework
2. Understanding the life course and actions for better life outcomes for New Zealand’s children and youth
We would also like to draw your attention to the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy page on the DPMC website. This contains an important video message from the Prime Minster, Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, regarding the development of the strategy, and other ways you can have your say.
Ngā mihi nui
Hayden McRobbie MB ChB PhD
Professor of Public Health Interventions - Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary University of London
Director - The Dragon Institute for Innovation
On behalf of the panel of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, thanks so much for meeting our panel members and your insights on issues for youth.
After receiving around 5,500 submissions, and holding about 400 stakeholder meetings and 26 community forums around the country, the panel has handed its report to Government, which will release it publicly at its discretion.
You can keep up to date with the Inquiry here.
Once again, thanks for your contribution.
Report is available - click here
Just released - an excellent resource for school health teams!
Everyone in a school has a role to play in supporting the wellbeing of students. The guidelines - Te Pakiaka Tangata Strengthening Student Wellbeing for Success - help secondary schools and wharekura discuss the roles, expectations and legal requirements of form/whanau teachers, deans, guidance counsellors, school trustees and principals, in the provision of pastoral care.
The guidelines were an Education Review Office recommendation following an evaluation of the provision of guidance and counselling in secondary schools. The guidelines outline practice principles, ethics and values with the aim of more consistent provision of safe, high quality pastoral care, guidance and counselling for secondary school students. Each school should develop its own plan for providing pastoral care, guidance and counselling in a way that is consistent with its culture.
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.