WA Amnesty Indigenous Rights Group hosting panel discussion to reverse rate of youths in detention

A PANEL discussion will be held this month with the aim to reverse the rate of Indigenous youth in detention in Western Australia.

The WA Amnesty Indigenous Rights Group will host the Q&A panel discussion featuring four Indigenous community leaders who are involved in community-led programs.

In WA, Indigenous children aged 10-17 years old are 53 times more likely to end up in prison, the highest rate in the country.

WA Amnesty Indigenous Rights group volunteer co-ordinator Hayley Beth said it was “unacceptable” that so many children did not have a chance to start a good life.

“Every child deserves a childhood with their family and community, the same chance that I’ve had,” she said.

“Kids should be with their communities, give the support and identity they need to flourish, especially when they’re getting into trouble.

“We can support Indigenous led solutions that work for kids.”

Refreshments will be provided at the free event.

The WA Indigenous Rights Group of Amnesty meets every month on the second Tuesday, 6pm at the Amnesty Action Centre, Suite 70, City West Centre, Plaistowe Mews, West Perth.

What: Indigenous kids and prison Q&A panel discussion

When: Wednesday, October, 26 from 6pm – 8pm

Where: Uniting Church, Level 1, 97 William Street, Perth

Cost: Free (donations welcome at the door)