Mum says she feels powerless to help teen son who continues to offend
Young people involved in ramraids, car thefts and street fights have renewed public debate on youth crime and how to address it. Is our youth justice system geared to effectively tackle the problem? MARINÉ LOURENS reports.
A mother whose teenage son was caught up in the youth justice system for three years says it felt like her child had died because the person she saw every day was not her son.
The stress of what she had been through had been “unimaginable”, she said.
“We didn’t know day to day whether he was going to die, whether he was going to kill someone in a car, whether he was going to overdose. It actually feels like your child has died, because what you are seeing every day is just not your child.”