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Young people under youth justice supervision and their interaction with the child protection system 2020–21

Child Protection, Youth Justice

Linked data analysis by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that over 50% of youth justice-involved young people had previous contact with the child protection system. Additionally, 1 in 4 detained young people had prior experience in out-of-home care. This underscores the interconnectedness of these systems and the need for comprehensive support.

Youth justice in Australia 2021-22

Youth Justice

The latest report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare presents data on young people under youth justice supervision in 2021-2022. It highlights significant variations in supervision rates across states and territories. The report provides valuable insights into youth justice supervision in the Australian and international contexts. Relevant for practitioners in the field of youth justice and policy.

Evaluation of the pre-court support for adolescents using violence in the home (AVITH) pilot: Final evaluation report

Adolescent violence in the home, AVITH, Family Violence, Service Delivery, Young People, Youth Justice

This Centre for Innovative Justice report presents evaluations and impacts from a Youth Law early intervention program for young people who use violence in the home. This report provides insights into the effectiveness and limitations of the program as well as an evaluation guide for service providers working in the AVITH space.

Youth Work Matters Social Return on Investment Study

Education, Employment, Housing, Mental Health, Young People, Youth Justice

The Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) commissioned Deloitte Access Economics to conduct a social and economic return on investment (SROI) to understand the impact of youth work in Victoria and strengthen the evidence base to inform policy decisions. The report covers mental health and wellbeing, education and employment, housing, and interaction with the justice system, and highlights the crucial role that youth work plays in improving the lives of young people in Victoria.

Young people with acquired brain injury: Preventing entrenchment in the criminal justice system

Health and Wellbeing, Young People, Youth Justice

AIC has released this paper investigating whether young people with acquired brain injury (ABI) are overrepresented in the criminal justice system and looking at how the system responds to their needs. The study found that young people with ABI are very likely to be overrepresented, however the true extent is unclear due to low levels of diagnosis and identification. Further findings and proposals are detailed in the report.

Adverse childhood experiences and trauma among young people in the youth justice system

Child maltreatment, Children, Young People, Youth Justice

This report from the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) examines the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) among young people in the youth justice system based on a South Australian sample. The study had many prevalent findings and provided suggestions on supporting these young people.

Our youth, our way: Inquiry into the over-representation of Aboriginal children and young people in the Victorian youth justice system

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Adolescents, Report, Young People, Youth Justice

The Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) has released its report examining the lived experience of Aboriginal young people who have had contact with Victoria’s youth justice system and the factors that contribute to their overrepresentation. CCYP found that the continuing legacy of colonisation, the stolen generation and structural and institutional racism play a significant role in the over-representation of Aboriginal young people in the youth justice system. The report makes 75 recommendations.

The PIPA project: Positive Interventions for Perpetrators of Adolescent violence in the home (AVITH)

Adolescent violence in the home, AVITH, Family Violence, Service Delivery, Youth Justice

This report from ANROWS contributes to an understanding of adolescent violence in the home (AVITH) and explores the development of a considered systemic response. It is drawn from a 2 year study that included a literature review, stakeholder engagement, interviews and focus groups with practitioners and reviews of 385 legal case files to examine the legal responses to AVITH in three jurisdictions: Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia.

Crossover Children: Examining Initial Criminal Justice System Contact Among Child Protection- Involved Youth

Out of Home Care (OOHC), Youth Justice

This article is part of a series of reports and articles seeking to understand the circumstances that lead to children and young people becoming ‘cross-over kids’; involved in both the child protection and criminal justice systems. It looks at cross-over children’s initial charges.

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