sMAG INVITED TO ATTEND OFFICIAL LAUNCH:
JUSTICE-INVOLVED YOUNG PEOPLE NETWORK
The sMAG paper advocated the extent, benefits and potential of music education
programs in Youth Justice Centres in Victoria, for example, aptitude for enhancement
the security and safety of staff, employees and the young offenders; lessening of
likelihood of reoffending, and interrelated implications of separating young people
from their communities and cultures; provision of additional options for keeping young
people out of youth justice centres; enhancement of culture and practices at centres,
including the role of the Department of Health and Human Services in overseeing
policies and programs in centres.
Following the completion of the inquiry, a network was convened by
collaboration in the School of Social and Political Sciences (SPSS); and the
Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) in the University of Melbourne
to connect academics, practitioners, policy-makers, and young people and
their communities to engage in conversation aimed to bring about social
change and better outcomes for young people in Youth Justice Centres in Victoria.
An inaugural public event of the Justice-involved Young People Network
(JYP Network), a public conversation ‘Locking Up Our Kids: what do we
hope to achieve’ was held with a panel of experts early April 2018 at the
University of Melbourne.
A number of themes emerged:
sMAG was invited to attend the official launch of the JYP Network late July,
2018 that introduced themes to spark interest and discussion; and become
the basis of ongoing conversations and activities.Liana Buchanan, Principal
Commissioner for Children and Young People; justice advocate Peter Norden AO;
and comedian Corey White were invited guests.
Australia’s oldest culture and some of the newest Australians shared
experiences in an event late October, 2018.
sMAG representatives look forward to continued involvement in this important
network in 2019.
Dr. Helen Farrell
University of Melbourne