Youth--Institutional care


16 Oct 2018

This report presents information on people aged 10–17 who were in the child protection system and under youth justice supervision from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2017.


4 Oct 2018

This report presents findings from interviews with 148 young people who have been in out-of-home care and their experiences with the youth justice system, either as an offender, because they had been reported as missing or as a victim of crime. It recommends adopting a...


20 Sep 2018

Therapeutic residential care is for young people who are unable to be placed in family-based care. This paper provides an update on developments in therapeutic residential care, discusses the implications of these developments, and touches on further issues and dilemmas that should form the focus...


8 Aug 2018

This audit examines how well the rehabilitation services are meeting the developmental needs of children and young people in the youth detention system and reducing their risk of reoffending.


13 Jul 2018

This report examines the overlap between alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services and youth justice supervision from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2016. The research found that about 1 in 3 young people under youth justice supervision accessed an AOD treatment service.


12 Mar 2018

With last month’s release of the Telethon Kids Institute report on brain impairment in detainees at Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre, and the NT government’s announcement that it will raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12 years of age, Monday Mag this...


6 Mar 2018

This report, and its 33 findings and 39 recommendations, reflect problems across Victoria’s youth justice system: from crime prevention, through to delays in the Children’s Court, staffing problems within youth justice centres and, finally, what happens when young people are released from detention.


3 Aug 2017

This review is intended to guide the strategy to strengthen and modernise Victoria’s youth justice system.


17 Jul 2017

Managing young people in detention will always be difficult. Almost all the young people who are held at Banksia Hill face complex layers of dysfunction, disengagement. This review discusses behaviour management practices at Banksia Hill and the impact of the transformation project.


28 Jun 2017

This resource outlines the Queensland government's response to the issues raised by the Independent Review of Youth Detention, conducted by Kathryn McMillan QC and Professor Megan Davis.


19 Apr 2017

This report has been produced by Deloitte Access Economics and commissioned by Anglicare Victoria for the Home Stretch campaign. It is a study of the socio-economic costs and benefits of extending care exit from the age of 18 to the age of 21 in Victoria....


31 Mar 2017

There were about 5,500 young people (aged 10 and older) under youth justice supervision in Australia on an average day in 2015–16, due to their involvement, or alleged involvement, in crime. This number has decreased by 21% over the 5 years to 2015–16. Around 4...


31 Mar 2017

There is a strong perception that the system of detention in the Northern Territory is failing.

It is failing our young people, it is failing those who work in the system and it is also failing the people of the Northern Territory who are...


23 Mar 2017

Children and young people in Victoria’s youth justice centres are subjected to unacceptable levels of isolation and are routinely “locked down” due to staffing issues, a report by the Commission for Children and Young People tabled in Parliament today reveals.

The report offers an...


28 Oct 2016

Research shows that children and young people who have been abused or neglected are at greater risk of engaging in criminal activity and entering the youth justice system. A better understanding of the characteristics and pathways of children and young people who are both in...

Literature review

18 Oct 2016

The transition from adolescence to adulthood—emerging adulthood—is now recognised as a significant stage in the life cycle in developmental, emotional and social terms. Young people leaving out-of-home care (OOHC) face this transition to adulthood without family support and with significant extra barriers such as poor...


2 Sep 2016

The aim of this own initiative investigation conducted by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) was to address the systemic issues emerging from complaints received from young persons in detention. During the course of the investigation several other issues were identified which were inherently...

Fact sheet

31 Aug 2016

In all states and territories, young people aged 10 and over can be charged with a criminal offence. Separate justice systems exist for young people and adults, each with specific legislation. In most cases, the upper age limit in the youth justice system is 17...


21 Oct 2015


This report covers the academic performance of children in care, by linking the data from the Child Protection National Minimum Data Set (CP NMDS) and the National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). Privacy was protected during the linkage process through the use of...



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