Source: (1996) Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission

This article details certain diversionary schemes that have been used in the juvenile justice system for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Scepticism about some diversionary schemes has developed because of a “lack of Indigenous consultation, negotiation and control over those schemes.â€? In terms of family group conferencing, the Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families found that this scheme could very well lead to harsher punishments for Indigenous children. Family Group Conferencing is considered to be a “model that, by and large, has been imposed on Indigenous communities without consideration of Indigenous cultural values.â€?

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