The trouble is, punishing parents and locking them up isn’t …

Comment on Masked cops with assault rifles, but where are the parents? by Else.

The trouble is, punishing parents and locking them up isn’t going to teach them to be better parents. Parents in NT already have the highest rates of having their child removal in the country.
In Europe services exist that help and support parents to parent. People who have grown up with problems at home may never have learnt how to care for children properly. Instead of punishing them, it makes sense to support and educate them in parenting.
Territory Families is already so strapped for resources and staff, with one case worker responsible for dozens of families, no one could seriously suggest they are doing the necessary support work.
This punishment mentality is putting more people in prison and making problems worse. Time to move on to actual alternatives.

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