Hon Judi Moylan

A coordinated effort must address youth violence issue: Moylan

Following hearings around Australia, including Northam in April, the House of Representatives Family and Youth Committee has released its report on youth violence; Avoid the harm – stay calm. The Member for Pearce, the Hon Judi Moylan MP, who is Deputy Chair of the FCHY Committee, said the Northam hearings, which included sessions at Northam Senior High School and Avon Youth, had been vital to providing a regional voice in the report. “The report, which echoes much of what the Committee heard at Northam SHS and Avon Youth, recognises that there are many factors - personal, social and environmental - that can influence the risk of a young person experiencing violence,” Mrs Moylan said. “Factors include the nature of relationships with family and friends and levels of engagement with education and community. Added to these are other influences such as alcohol and drugs, as well as cultural influences which shape community attitudes toward violence and young people.” The report recommends that the Australian Government, in consultation with state and territory governments and other interested parties, including young people themselves, develop and implement a coordinated and comprehensive national youth violence and rehabilitation strategy. “Many organisations across Australia are doing exceptional work in dealing with youth and violence in their own community,” Mrs Moylan said. “Avon Youth is just one success story in the Pearce electorate; however, only through a coordinated effort with agencies across Australia can we affect the sort of generational change needed to resolve the most serious and deeply set issues facing our young. “Building positive community attitudes towards youth provides a nurturing environment to foster emotional well-being and social development in young people.” The report may be accessed from the inquiry website at: http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/fchy/youthviolence/report.htm

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