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YACWA’s Fairground 2014 addressing statewide youth issues

In mid-July, almost 300 youth sector workers from across Western Australia came together at Crown Perth to discuss issues facing the youth sector, from homelessness to sexual health.

Youth Affairs Council CEO Craig Comrie said the conference provided a great opportunity to discuss solutions to the issues facing young West Australians.

“Fairground brought together experienced youth workers from across the state to consider the complex problems many young people face.”

The conference was emceed by author and social commentator Jane Caro, and featured some distinguished speakers, including the Corrective Services Commissioner James McMahon, who participated in a panel discussion on juvenile justice.

“Western Australia has the second highest rate of incarceration of young people in the country. We needed to open a discussion about how we can make a difference in the juvenile justice system and the panel provided an opportunity to look at new and creative options,” said Mr Comrie.

The international keynote speaker was Professor Raymond Carrado, who is a professor at the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University in Canada.

“Raymond’s keynote provided an opportunity to learn from international experiences how we can improve our juvenile justice system here in Western Australia,” said Mr Comrie.

Speakers from Anglicare WA, MercyCare and Save the Children discussed issues of youth homelessness, and were among a dozen Not-for-Profit organisations represented at the conference covering an array of youth issues.

YACWA’s Fairground takes place every two years as an opportunity for the youth sector to network, share ideas and common experiences whilst focusing on statewide issues of importance to young people and the sector. The conference vision is for a youth sector event that is the most topical, relevant, results-orientated youth conference ever held in Western Australia.

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