Research shows that children and young people who have been abused or neglected are at greater risk of engaging in criminal activity, and of entering the youth justice system. A better understanding of the characteristics and pathways of children and young people who are both in the child protection system and under youth justice supervision can help support staff, case workers, and policymakers to get the best outcomes for these children and young people.
Using data from the linked child protection and youth justice supervision data collections, this report presents information on young people who had received child protection services, and had also been under youth justice supervision at some time between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2017.
To ensure all possible youth justice supervision is included across the 4-year period, the cohort includes young people who were aged 10–14 on 1 July 2013—that is, young people who were aged between 10 and 17 within the time period 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2017. Results are limited to the 6 jurisdictions with data in both child protection and youth justice national minimum data sets—a total of 52,444 young people (48,379 from child protection and 7,776 from youth justice data sets). These 6 jurisdictions account for 57% of those aged 10–17 receiving child protection services and 70% of those under youth justice supervision in 2016–17.