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Fiona Atkins, Acting Director of Ashley Youth Detention Centre, shares how she fosters a supportive environment for both staff and young people in detention, advocating for their wellbeing and implementing trauma-informed practices. Her leadership style illustrates the power of incremental change in youth detention.
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Current research shows that children who are "dual-involved" in both child protection and youth justice systems are prone to criminalisation when these systems don’t interact effectively. This system failure is known as systems abuse. Dr Claire Paterson-Smith, Dr Tatiana Corrales, and Dr Patricia McNamara presented their preliminary findings on their important, if troubling, research: The criminalisation of children in care in England/Wales, New South Wales and Victoria. Their research highlights the urgent need for positive systemic change, and what we can do in our day-to-day practice to move us in the right direction.
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