In my experience of working with children and youth across Juvenile Justice the common findings are their history of intergenerational disadvantage and lived-trauma with social, cultural, health and educational inequities. Commonly, many children and youth have previously unrecognized health and educational difficulties. If these complexities had been recognized and specifically addressed during their early years, the children and youth may have avoided early and for some, any engagement with juvenile justice. Although remand and sentencing should not be the first time a child's rights are met, it seems necessary that any child or youth engaged with justice services should be provided with a comprehensive multidisciplinary health and neurocognitive assessment to understand their individual strengths and difficulties. The outcomes of assessments will permit trauma-informed care, culturally-informed therapy and healing, reduce recidivism and optimise future social inclusion.
Since the passing of the composer and singer of the songs on this video I have asked permission of his family and foundation to continue showing this work and sharing this healing music, they have graciously granted us permission. I am deeply humbled.