Child Protection Is Essential To Child Development
Child protection is one of the most important things to do. Children will grow to become adults, and adults will become the ones in charge of the future. Placing children in situations that could cause them harm is not only harmful but also not a forward-thinking approach. We must protect children and ensure they are out of harm’s way. By so doing, we will be fostering an environment that is safe and secure for the mental wellness of children. There is a need to understand that children need all the support they can get at the developmental stages. Before the age of 14, evidence asserts that children will develop intellectually and emotionally. This means that this age is that of care, support and mentoring. As such, anything that will hinder this is not in the interest of public policy. The government must commit to fostering policies and laws that will protect
Age Of Legal Responsibility
Till date in Australia, the age of legal responsibility for children is 10. That is, if a child is found wanting, the child can be imprisoned so far the child is 10. We believe this is not a fair age or an age that makes for the support of children. Allowing children to be imprisoned by the age of 10 makes them vulnerable to unhealthy experiences that can cause them trauma for the rest of their lives. The government should be making laws and policies that allow for the effective upbringing of children and not ones that compromise their development. Thus, it is essential to develop the youth-justice system to become more oriented toward human rights. A crucial place to start is to increase the age of legal responsibility from 10 to 14. Evidence suggests that children can make better decisions at the age of 14. By then, they would have developed mentally, intellectually, and emotionally. This makes for a better time to fix as the age of responsibility. More so, it is essential for the government to adopt a more lenient approach such as community services, for people below the age of 18. Children should not be made to through the rigour of a prison, where pieces of evidence suggest that lots of primitive and illegal practices go on. Such practices include strip-searching and solitary confinement. These are things that can shape the lives of children and break them for a lifetime. Therefore, the government must look towards better approaches to deal with issues arising from children. We should not build a society of broken people, where people are dealing with one form of mental health challenge or the other. Furthermore, evidence suggests that the prison system is more likely to reinforce factors that will make the child re-offend. The system doesn’t have any corrective ability. Instead, it makes children tougher and puts them through unfavourable experiences, which shape them. An effective method of punishment should be one which corrects and prevents reoccurrence. This is not the case with the prison system, and this makes it highly irrelevant to children. This is like community-based approaches, which not only ensure that children are moderately punished where necessary but also doesn’t stifle their opportunities of maximising their potentials. With these methods, children are less likely to recommit the offence that brought them there in the first places. Of the two methods, the community based is not only more refines, but also provides the better and most effective results. Therefore, the current approach to the age of legal responsibility must be re-examined.
Training of The Police
There have been cases of police handling children roughly. We strongly condemn such happenings, and we emphasise that they are not appropriate for dealing with children. Although the police job can be dangerous, dealing with children requires more care. Children are not to be treated outright like hardened criminals. The experiences of the children shape how they react to life after and their approaches to different situations. If a child is roughly handled, it may take a negative toll on the child’s mental wellness. It is important that the officers of the police are effectively trained to handle children. The level of diligence required with a child is different from that of an adult. Therefore, the officers must have the requisite training to deal with the children without compromising their safety and mental health. For children with disability or existing trauma, a poor or terrible experience with the police can aggravate the situation and make the child’s condition more severe.
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