The 2nd Youth Forensic Forum was held in Porirua over 2 days: 28-29 November 2019. Youth forensic clinicians were invited from across the motu (with a traditional hangi prepared for dinner on the first evening) to meet each other kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face), share and hear about what is happening nationally and regionally in the delivery of youth forensic services.
Overall the forum was rated positively and the feedback indicated the days provided great value to them. Attendees especially enjoyed the variety of presentations, the integration of culture throughout the content; and thought the forum provided them with opportunities to network.
Judge Andrew Becroft, Children's Commissioner, spoke of some of his conversations with young people he met within the justice system. He shared statistics of the 1.123 million under 18-year olds in Aotearoa who make up 23% of our population and the importance of the first 1000 days.
The attendees brainstormed the top 3 structural issues:
- Child/Youth Poverty and material disadvantage
- Early interventions/assistance for struggling families/whānau, and
- Enduring legacy of colonisation and modern day systemic bias
Video presentations from the day are now available on our website:
- Dr Enys Delmage, Consultant in Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry and Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham, Ngā Taiohi and Hikitia
- Lisa Cherrington, Clinical Psychologist, Te Korowai Whāriki Regional Forensic Service, Palmerston North Mental Health, Addictions & Intellectual Disability Service, Te-Upoko-me-te-Karu-o-Te-Ika
- Patrick Mendes, Regional Youth Forensic Service Cultural Advisor and Cultural Coordinator for Māori and Pacifica Cultural Advisors, Kari Centre Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Auckland DHB, and
Moeawa Tamanui-Fransen, Māori Cultural Advisor, Auckland DHB
- Kerry Weir-Smith, Quality Coordinator, Capital & Coast DHB, Mental Health, Addictions & Intellectual Disability Service 3DHB, Te Korowai Whāriki Regional Youth Forensic Service
- Kim Lapham, Registered Nurse, Youth Forensic Service, Southern DHB and Dan Houghton, Occupational Therapist, Kaiwhakaora Ngangahau & Kaioranga Māori, Youth Forensic Service, Southern DHB
- Dr James Gardiner, Forensic Psychiatrist, Regional Youth Forensic Service, Auckland DHB
- Jason Jones, AoD Youth Clinician, Te Korowai Whāriki Regional Forensic Service, Capital & Coast DHB
- Dr Amanda Cain: Youth Forensic Psychiatry