It’s so refreshing to see a public official speaking truth to power as Children’s Commissioner Francis Eivers has done by saying a spike in young people behind the wheel in ram raids is being created by families living in a “total state of hopelessness”.
Ms Eivers says child welfare and criminality are social issues and increasing poverty cannot go ignored. And who is responsible for the poverty? The Prime Minister is also the Minister for Child Poverty reduction.
And Ms Eivers is giving some positive advice on ways forward which can be summed up as building community solidarity together with children and their families.
Thanks heaven for sane voices such as the Children’s Commissioner amongst the vitriolic voices which have vengeance as their solution.