Youth at risk
Children, Youth and Families Amendment (Raise the Age) Bill 2022: Bill Brief
This paper outlines selected aspects of proposed changes to the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005, in relation to raising the age of criminal responsibility in Victoria. It provides a jurisdictional comparison on what other Australian jurisdictions have done in this space, and outlines some...
Intergenerational incarceration in New South Wales: characteristics of people in prison experiencing parental imprisonment
Julia Bowman, Jennifer Galouzis, Kelly-Anne Stewart, Elizabeth Sullivan
This study uses data from two state-wide surveys conducted in New South Wales prisons and youth justice centres in 2015 to examine the epidemiology of intergenerational incarceration.
Young people under youth justice supervision and their interaction with the child protection system 2020–21
This report presents information on young people under youth justice supervision during 2020–21 who had an interaction with the child protection system in the 5 years between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2021.
Lived experience voices
This report finds that young people are having to leave child protection and youth justice systems without adequate preparation for life and are disproportionately over-represented amongst Australia’s homeless population.
Road map to OPCAT compliance
This report outlines activities required to expedite Australia’s approach to implementing the United Nations' Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). Informed by a recent national OPCAT symposium, the publication provides a clear pathway for...
Blueprint for a better future: paving the way for youth justice reform in Western Australia
This document outlines an evidence-based, alternative vision for a more effective and connected youth justice system in Western Australia. The report articulates a whole-of-system approach that responds to the underlying causes of offending to reduce crime, ensures the wellbeing of children and young people, and...
Adverse childhood experiences among youth who offend
Results of this study confirm the high rates of co-occurring adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in the developmental histories of male youth who encounter the youth justice system in Australia, especially among those who have perpetrated sexual harm.
Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People strategic plan 2022-2025
This strategic plan champions the rights and best interests of children and young people in the care and youth justice systems in South Australia, and maps out the key priorities over the next three years.
Adverse childhood experiences and trauma among young people in the youth justice system
This report examines the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences in a representative sample of young people under youth justice supervision in South Australia.
Prevention and early intervention programs for Indigenous young people in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand
This briefing paper outlines the evidence about effective prevention and early intervention measures designed to reduce over-representation of Indigenous young people in the criminal justice system.
Exploring the onset, duration and temporal ordering of adverse childhood experiences in young people adjudicated for sexual offences: a longitudinal qualitative study
This study presents a sequential analysis of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) over time, and introduces a data visualisation tool to examine the onset, duration and temporal ordering of those adversities experienced throughout one’s childhood and adolescence.
Raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility: law reform considerations
This advisory report considers the legal implications of raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility in Tasmania from its present statutory prescription of 10 years old (with a 14-year-old presumption of criminal incapacity).
The impact of the NSW Youth Koori Court on sentencing and re-offending outcomes
The aim of this research was investigate the impact of the NSW Youth Koori Court (YKC) on youth justice outcomes, including the probability of being sentenced to a juvenile control order (JCO) and recidivism.
Youth justice in Australia 2020–21
This report looks at young people who were under youth justice supervision in Australia during 2020–21 because of their involvement or alleged involvement in crime. It explores the key aspects of supervision, both in the community and in detention, as well as recent trends.
Wirkara Kulpa: Aboriginal youth justice strategy 2022–2032
This strategy was developed and led from the outset by the Aboriginal Justice Caucus. This process commenced with a planning workshop in 2018 where the Caucus outlined their aspirations for, and approach to, creating Victoria’s first Aboriginal youth justice strategy.
Profile of children and young people in WA 2022
This report provides demographic and statistical information about the children and young people in Western Australia, in particular those who might be experiencing vulnerability and hardship.
Youth detention population in Australia 2021
This report presents information on the youth detention population in Australia from June 2017 to June 2021.
Young people returning to sentenced youth justice supervision 2019–20
This report measures the number of young people who were released from a supervised youth justice sentence and who were subsequently returned—that is, young people who received another supervised sentence after the end of their initial sentence. Supervised sentences include both community-based and detention sentences.
Court appearances via video link for young people in detention in Queensland
This research identifies strategies to improve current video-link processes and changes to protocols needed to minimise the risk of adverse outcomes for the children appearing via this technology.
Changing the sentence: overseeing Queensland’s youth justice reforms
In June 2019, the Director-General of the Department of Youth Justice asked the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) to help monitor initiatives linked to recent youth justice reforms and to examine options for future investments. This report is the outcome of that request.
Youth justice in Australia 2019-20
This report looks at young people who were under youth justice supervision in Australia during 2019–20 because of their involvement or alleged involvement in crime. It explores the key aspects of supervision, both in the community and in detention, as well as recent trends.
Youth detention population in Australia 2020
This report presents information on the youth detention population in Australia from June 2016 to June 2020.
Postcards from practice: learnings from Name. Narrate. Navigate
This report provides a summary and discussion of the initial learnings from the Name. Narrate. Navigate pilot program, which is a preventive intervention program focused on psycho-education and skill development for young people at increased risk of using violence.
No place for a child: alternatives to imprisoning children in Cambodia
From July to October 2020, This Life conducted extensive research into the current status of the implementation of the Cambodian Law on Juvenile Justice. This document summarises the main findings of this research, noting that Cambodia has made slow, but significant, advances in juvenile justice...
Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service submission to the Department of Premier and Cabinet consultation on Victorian Youth Strategy
This submission focuses on the rights of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children and young people involved in the criminal, civil and family law systems.