Aboriginal Young People in the Children's Court of Western Australia: Findings from the National Assessment of Australian Children's Courts

31 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2015

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Caroline Spiranovic

Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania

Joe Clare

The University of Western Australia Law School

Lorana Bartels

Australian National University (ANU) - ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods

Michael Clare

The University of Western Australia Law School

Brenda Clare

The University of Western Australia

Date Written: March 29, 2015

Abstract

This article presents the findings of recent research involving stakeholders in the Children's Court of Western Australia (CCWA). This research found that the needs of Aboriginal children and their families are not being properly addressed due to resource deficiencies, especially in rural and remote areas. There was a clear awareness that the CCWA is responding to behavioural symptoms of disenfranchisement and poverty amongst Aboriginal people, and that solving these deeply embedded systemic issues was beyond the scope of the CCWA. The urgent need to address systemic issues in an inclusive and empowering way was also identified.

Keywords: young people, courts, Western Australia, Indigenous, Aboriginal, crime, youth, care and protection

Suggested Citation

Spiranovic, Caroline and Clare, Joe and Bartels, Lorana and Clare, Michael and Clare, Brenda, Aboriginal Young People in the Children's Court of Western Australia: Findings from the National Assessment of Australian Children's Courts (March 29, 2015). University of Western Australia Law Review, Vol. 38, No. 1, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2586825

Caroline Spiranovic

Faculty of Law, University of Tasmania

Private Bag 89
Hobart
Tasmania, 7001
Australia

Joe Clare

The University of Western Australia Law School ( email )

M253
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, Western Australia 6009
Australia

Lorana Bartels (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) - ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods ( email )

Beryl Rawson Building (13)
Canberra, ACT 0200
Australia

Michael Clare

The University of Western Australia Law School ( email )

M253
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, Western Australia 6009
Australia

Brenda Clare

The University of Western Australia ( email )

35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, Western Australia 6009
AUSTRALIA

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