Sue Gordon hopes to curb problem behaviour by using young people as mediators.
Sue Gordon hopes to curb problem behaviour by using young people as mediators.

Court will empower youth

TROUBLED youth, playground violence and bullying are terms which have crept into our vernacular but one Goomburra woman is rewriting the script to empower young people and take control.

The Advocacy and Support Centre (TASC) community development coordinator, Sue Gordon, has worked “to stop the revolving door” of recidivism in Australia’s only criminal law service dedicated to defending those with a disability, but has now branched out to encompass Southern Downs youth.

“Bullying and violence in schools is escalating and this is conformed by Education Queensland and the Queensland Police,” Mrs Gordon said.

“TASC has proposed an early intervention strategy – a Youth Court – to effectively manage behaviour among young people than the traditional system of suspension and expulsion.”

Mrs Gordon said the Youth Court method was an effective method of crime prevention as it targets emerging criminal behaviour in young people and helps them avoid entry into the criminal justice system.

Schools seeking information on Youth Court can visit www.tascinc.org.au



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