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Help change prison systems for the under 18 Including mental health awerness to save lives

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In a recent panorama documentry the exposure of treatment of vulnerable children was all too shocking and unfortunately not isolated. Some kids never got to go home. Since 1990 299 children have died in custody. Roughly 1000 are sent to centers each year and on average it works out at about 8.6 percent that die in these systems.I believe it is time for the truth, and the truth is our systems don't work for our future generations. Alot of these children in these placements have mental health issues either recognised or unrecognised. Our numbers of reoffending compared to other country's is much higher and I hold our 'systems' of 'rehabilitation' to blame for this as it is found to have not enough understanding or methods to deal with th e complex nature of these children and subsequently they are being neglected and abused. Alot of these children have already suffered from all different forms of abuse before they are even entered into these secure 'placements'. They learn they are worthless and they are in the world to BE treated this inhumane way. Many children dnt make it home and figures have shown an amazing number of deaths and suicides inside the walls of these places, and in some cases with the children leaving heartbreaking notes of 'i just couldn't cope' and 'i cannot stand to be here anymore' this is not addressing the issues of these already vulnerable children and I demand change to better the help for our future children. And increase the need for individual care plans of rehabilitation, support, and reintegration back into society.please read carolyne willow book called children behind bars for the bigger picture PICTURE FOR ILLUSTRATION USE ONLY

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