Does our child protection system cause young people to commit crimes? The evidence suggests so

27 Nov 2019

For The Conversation: Professor Tamara Walsh says many young people are being charged with criminal offences while in the child protection system. 

This is an image of a girl carrying a large teddy bear down the streetRemoving a child from their home for their own protection should be an absolute last resort. Before we remove a child, we should be sure that we can offer them a safer, more nurturing alternative – their new home should improve their current circumstances and their life chances.

Yet, for a significant proportion of children who end up in out of home care, this is not happening. Many children are being charged with criminal offences while they are in the “care” of the state.