It appears we have more children who need lawyers than we have lawyers

Who would have thought we’d need more lawyers.

The Children’s Commissioner says it is not feasible to provide all children exposed to family violence with their own lawyer, because there simply aren’t enough lawyers to go around.

The recommendation was made by Coroner Carla na Nagara after she investigated the suicides of four teenage girls in Flaxmere between 2013 and 2014, who all came from families characterised by domestic violence and alcohol and drug abuse.

Children’s commissioner Russell Wills said the police attended family violence callouts involving 55,000 children each year.

He said that if each were to be given their own lawyer, that would tie up nearly all the country’s legal resources.   

Dr Wills said that while the overhaul of child protection services should help, more work was needed across the whole of society to prevent men being violent towards their partners and children.

“What we do need to do is have much earlier intervention in the lives of those children.

“So when we implement the recommendations from Paula Rebstock’s [CYF overhaul] expert panel and we do it properly and fully resourced – those recommendations, that will help. ”

Dr Wills’ term as Children’s Commissioner ends in July, when Principal Youth Court judge Andrew Becroft will take over.

Sounds awfully like a make work scheme for the legal fraternity.

We need to start putting scumbags who hit and abuse kids behind bars for a long time…that might go some way to alleviating the issue.



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