A core principle many development professionals ascribe to goes as follows: each and every child needs five adults who are willing to sow into their lives as they grow. These adults must be willing to love and mentor these young people, forming the foundation of the child’s life.
But what happens when the only adults a child can access are police officers, prison guards and parole officers? The foundation begins to crumble, quickly. For taxpayers, the Justice Policy Institute found incarcerating one juvenile for one year costs close to $148,000. Jailing juveniles doesn’t add up both for the future of our country and for our financial well-being. More here.
Across the United States, one million children are arrested every year. Of those young people, thousands are removed from schools, separated from their families and thrown into secure detention facilities merely for committing common status offenses – like running away and truancy – which comprise more than half of non-criminal court cases. However, as they were in Raiya’s case, both of these behaviors are strong indicators of underlying issues at home or school. These should act as warning signs that intervention is necessary, rather than as reasons for arrest. More here.
Watch and share this video with all your children, other families, and foster parents. It’s less than 2 mins long and could save a life!
“Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival If Stopped by the Police” provides critical information to help Black parents and every member of the community help stop the killing of Black children. We must talk to our children. We must show them this video. We must post these ten rules for survival everywhere. Editor Note: The instructions in this video apply to all of us, regardless of race, sex, or age!
News-Medical During the last 5 years, the number of hospital admissions for self-harm has risen by 93 percent among girls and by 45 percent among boys aged 10 to 14. It has been estimated that around 10 percent of all 5‑16 year-olds in the U.K. are affected by some kind of mental health problem. While a range of mental health disorders, such as ADHD, autism, anorexia nervosa, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and panic disorder have been shown to have increased risk recurrence ratios within families, there is also a strong body of evidence showing the negative effects of various traumas to childhood mental health.READ MORE
Psych Central A new Canadian pilot program designed to promote mental health skills in youth significantly lessened cases of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. University of Alberta researchers led the EMPATHY program in a local school district from 2013 to 2015. The program was offered to more than 6,000 youth in grades six through 12.READ MORE
Medical Xpress Children in the care system – who are more likely to have mental health difficulties than others in the wider population – are not more at risk due to being in care, according to new research from the University of York. The study, led by Professor Nina Biehal in York’s Department of Social Policy and Social Care and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), suggests that mental health issues can also be down to a child’s treatment before they entered local authority care.READ MORE
In this week’s column, Mrs. Edelman’s talks about Bryan Stevenson, founder and president of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy.
“South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the world’s leading peace and justice advocates, has called Bryan Stevenson “America’s Nelson Mandela.” He has gotten innocent men off death row, successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, including to ban “death sentences” — capital punishment and life imprisonment without parole for offenses committed by juveniles.”
Marian Wright Edelman is President of the Children’s Defense Fund. Mrs. Edelman’s Child Watch Column also appears each week on The Huffington Post and on the Children’s Defense Fund web site.