VACRO CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
Every year, a surprisingly large number of Victorian children are adversely affected by parental contact with the criminal justice system - police, courts, corrections. An estimated 67,500 children had a parent appearing as a defendant at the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria in only one year (Court Based Family Support, 2009). For instance, Children of offenders are at heightened risk of experiencing parental drug and alcohol abuse, family violence, mental illness, poverty, housing instability and social isolation. Growing up in such a vulnerable family situation can have profound effects on the future opportunities of children, compromising their health and development and disrupting their education, family relationships and social engagement.
VACRO has had contact with the families and children of offenders for many years, and we know that constructive family relationships:
- improve the life chances for children and
- prevent the development of a range of problems including substance abuse and mental health problems, both of which are likely to increase potential contact with the criminal justice system in later years (Barefoot Research & Evaluation, 2005:3).
VACRO acts as a leader in to ensure that this issue is raised in a rational form in the public domain, through community networks and with influential policy makers.
You can find out more information about the VACRO Children's Foundation by reading the Framework.
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VACRO Children’s Foundation
PO Box 14093
Melbourne VIC 8001