I sympathise with those who want to see more done …

Comment on Kids enemy No 1 in law & order debate – or the main victims? by Bob Durnan.

I sympathise with those who want to see more done to protect themselves and their property from vandalism. I have experienced gratuitous damage to my family’s vehicles and bikes several times over the years.
However, I can’t help but think that it is not necessarily just children performing these frustrating and frustrated crimes.
It also occurs to me that the cost of enforcing a curfew capable of dealing with most of the problems would be so enormous that it would be much wiser to invest big in effective prevention and interventions.
Effective preventions would include more mandated participation in effective parenting skills courses by naive and neglectful parents, and a much better range of youth activities and facilities, including a really good, large, multi-functional youth centre.
Interventions needed include intensive case management of the ring leaders and the most anti-social of the ‘at-risk’ juveniles and offenders, and targeted interventions with their parents.
It also should include integrated, community-wide efforts to make sure school-age children are attending classes.
These measures need to be implemented in a number of remote bush communities which have entrenched problems of youth crime and disorder, as well as in Alice Springs.
Rather than creating a large professional army of police and security guards to guard the very large number of potential ‘hot spots’ into the wee hours of every night, in Alice and in the larger remote communities, we should be investing in small mobile teams of such forces, but not at the expense of an emphasis on the preventative measures outlined above.

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Elferink and Gooda clash over underage marriage
Peter, Posted June 30, 2017 at 2:30 pm: some young girls may resist promised marriage more strongly these days, but I doubt whether some are in a position to do so.
It has been authoritatively reported by youth workers in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek in the last few years that rape of young women is rife in these towns.


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Does anybody know if the hours when the Arrernte words teaching program is held at the Apmere angkentye-kenhe are available somewhere on the net, or anywhere else?
I thought I had seen it advertised for every Wednesday night at 6pm, but this doesn’t appear to be the case?
I have gone there at this time, found it closed, and no notice or info on the door.
Anybody wanna clarify here?


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Alex, of course one part-time worker with CAALAS is not able to, in your words, “work closely with EVERY SINGLE young person going throughout Central Australian court system, their family, community, lawyer, school and other service-providers to provide the young person with the support they need to get back on track and stay out of trouble”.
That is exactly my point, and why it is wrong for you to lay the blame on that worker, as you did when you wrote “if your PART-TIME advocacy programme co-ordinator did her job after this child’s court appearance in March, then he wouldn’t have appeared in court again in May.”
As I said earlier: That advocacy programme co-ordinator performed her job with great diligence and dedication, and cannot be held to blame for any alleged failure of duty of care, as the case load of such cases far exceeds the ability of one worker to cover even a small proportion of them. She was doing her job very well, covering as many of the cases as she could, but she wasn’t a magician. So your cheap jibe at her reputation is wrongly placed, and you should withdraw it.


Judge Borchers’ position should be assessed: CAALAS
Evelyne Roullet, Posted June 22, 2017 at 1:42 pm: Ralph was not talking about where or how the kid should be housed. He was referring to the bigger issue of the huge trauma in his life, caused by the alleged killing of his mother by his father. Kids who experience this level of trauma need intensive help and support, and we need to make sure that they get it, from wherever it may be best available.


Judge Borchers’ position should be assessed: CAALAS
Alex, on June 22, 2017 at 11:44 am you said, and I quote: “If your PART-TIME advocacy programme co-ordinator did her job after this child’s court appearance in March, then he wouldn’t have appeared in court again in May.”
So you cast an aspersion on her. It is entirely unwarranted.
Don’t wriggle out, apologise.


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