Queensland Family and Child Commission issues paper: Designing a Better Response to Youth Offending in Queensland - Raising the age of criminal responsibility
Sep 30, 2022
The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) recently released an issues paper titled, “Designing a Better Response to Youth Offending in Queensland: Raising the age of criminal responsibility”. The paper sets out the QFCC’s evidence-based position that a restorative justice approach should be implemented to enable the minimum age of criminal responsibility in Queensland to be increased to 14 years of age. As well as promoting the position of the QFCC, the paper outlines how the development of a restorative system could allow children to take responsibility for their actions. The issues paper explores how to achieve this, including extending community-controlled programs, and it provides cohort and apprehension analysis to support the position.