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Thursday, 26 May 2016 10:44

Ten-fold over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children under youth supervision an indictment on the nation

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wire fence 2A ten-fold over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth on community orders and in youth detention means these children are at risk of becoming a new Stolen Generation unless significant action is taken, says Jesuit Social Services.

In the lead up to National Sorry Day, the organisation has analysed data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) which shows that while Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders represent just six per cent of the general 10-14 year old population, the same age group accounts for 60 per cent of young people under youth justice supervision across Australia.

β€œIt is an indictment on our nation that the gap continues to widen between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children under youth supervision, despite overall decreases in the rate of youth supervision and the number of young people offending,” says Jesuit Social Services CEO Julie Edwards.

On an average day in 2014–15, there were 698 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged between 10–14 years under supervision compared with just 438 non-Aboriginal children.

Read the media release in full from Jesuit Social Services.