Stop youth crime – get smarter, not tougher

Organised by Peak Care Queensland, individuals and organisations across Queensland compiled the below open letter to the Queensland Parliament that was published in the Courier Mail on the 28th January 2023. Our open letter to the Queensland Parliament STOP YOUTH CRIME – GET SMARTER NOT TOUGHER We are organisations and individuals concerned about preventing youth…

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Queensland children denied equal access to education

Collectively, QAI, ATSILS, PeakCare, YAC, and C4IE are calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the use of school disciplinary absences in Queensland state schools. We need to understand why vulnerable students are being disproportionately excluded from schools and realise the broader implications of this. Read the full media release from QAI here: https://us15.campaign-archive.com/?e=test_email&u=84cc09b1cd038086b88cb850b&id=dec85c739b

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YAC 2022 AGM

Last Friday the Youth Advocacy Centre held our 2022 AGM in South Brisbane. The meeting was opened beautifully by Aunty Dawn Daylight. Cameron Costello was the guest speaker and emphasised his respect and admiration for the work the Youth Advocacy Centre does in the community, and for standing up for young people. He also spoke…

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2021/22 Annual Report released

The Youth Advocacy Centre 2021/22 Annual Report is now released and available for download here. The report includes an overview of the diverse services we provide, as well as context of ongoing need for support services for young people in Queensland.

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Laying Down the Law training now available online

Our Laying Down the Law training program is now available in online format, accessible to individuals or groups across Queensland. You can view the course and enroll here. The training is specially designed for those who are working or volunteering with young people in Queensland. The course will educate you on the most important laws…

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Children still being held in police watch houses

ABC’s 7:30 report recently covered the issue of children being detained in police watch houses. This is an issue which YAC and other community groups have been calling attention to for over 30 years. Download the PDF of our media statement here. You can read more information on the topic in our Orange Paper #1 – originally…

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YAC CEO Appointment Announcement

The Youth Advocacy Centre is pleased to announce the appointment of Katherine Hayes as CEO. Katherine’s appointment was made following outgoing CEO Katie Acheson’s decision to step down due to family reasons. YAC’s Management Committee regrettably accepted Katie’s resignation, acknowledging with gratitude the immense contribution Katie made to YAC during her tenure. Katie’s experience, leadership,…

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