Every child has the right to health and safety including a life free from violence.
Medium-term focus: the Government Plan 2020-23
A Government Plan 2020-23 priority is that Jersey should become the 'very best place for children to grow up' where children can grow up safely, feeling part of a loving family and a community that cares.
Children who are neglected or exposed to physical, sexual, or emotional abuse are more likely to experience traumatic stress, which disrupts early brain development and increases the risk of behavioral, emotional, and health challenges later in life.
The youth justice system is intended to ensure community, youth and victim safety. It must respond appropriately to young offenders, providing guidance, supervision, and accountability while preserving individual rights. Many young people entering the justice system have faced challenges that impede success in school and social participation, including the lack of a supportive home environment, having unmet physical and/or mental health needs, and trauma from exposure to family and/or community violence. The justice system provide interventions that keep communities safe, while providing adequate treatment and support to promote youth resiliency, self-reliance, and responsible life choices.