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Diversionary pathways for Indigenous youth with FASD in WA

Alternative Law Journal
Volume 40 Issue 4 (Dec 2015)

Abstract: The over-representation of Indigenous youth in the Western Australian criminal justice system has been described as a source of national shame. Rates of incarceration are the highest in the nation: around 80 per cent of youth in detention in Western Australia are of Indigenous descent, while Indigenous youth represent only 6 per cent of the population. In recent years there has been a growing awareness that Indigenous youth are at a disadvantage because of a high incidence of cognitive disability, preventing meaningful participation in the justice process and leading to enmeshment in the correctional system. Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders ('FASD') is increasingly considered to be a significant barrier preventing many Indigenous children from receiving fair treatment in the criminal justice system.

To cite this article: Blagg, Harry; Tulich, Tamara and Bush, Zoe. Diversionary pathways for Indigenous youth with FASD in WA [online]. Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 40, No. 4, Dec 2015: 257-260. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=774520846239669;res=IELAPA> ISSN: 1037-969X. [cited 27 Mar 17].

Personal Author: Blagg, Harry; Tulich, Tamara; Bush, Zoe; Source: Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 40, No. 4, Dec 2015: 257-260 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1037-969X Subject: Youth, Aboriginal Australian; Aboriginal Australians--Criminal justice system; Fetal alcohol syndrome--Prevention; Criminal law; Juvenile delinquents--Medical care; Peer Reviewed: Yes

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