Children of the Streets Society executive director Diane Sowden said yesterday introducing legislation allowing authorities to detain at-risk youth in secure care facilities could be a costly exercises. And, according Ms. Sowden, it's one that won't work unless the government funds support services for youths that will prevent the need to detain them. Speaking on Public Eye Radio, she said, "When you're talking about the services for secure care, it's not just the ability to apprehend and hold a young person. There has to be a continuum of services. And that isn't in place yet. And that has to run from prevention to safe care and everything in between."
"There's a lot of money that needs to be put in place to actually implement all of those services," she continued. "And so it's not just a matter of having safe care or secure to apprehend a child. We've got make sure all those services are in place. And we have a long way to go before that actually happens."
Earlier this month, Public Eye reported the government could introduce such legislation.