Good practice in reducing the over-representation of care leavers in the youth justice system

Good practice in reducing the over-representation of care leavers in the youth justice system

Leaving Care and Youth Justice, phase three report

Philip Mendes, Susan Baidawi and Pamela Snow

Young people leaving state out of home care are one of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in society, and are over-represented in the criminal justice system and youth detention facilities. This report presents findings from phase 3 of the Leaving Care and Youth Justice project, and makes recommendations for policy and practice to prevent and address this over-representation with a trauma-informed approach. Program and policy examples are also included, across the child and family welfare services, youth justice, education, mental health, and youth drug and alcohol services sectors.

Citation:

Mendes, P., Baidawi, S., & Snow, P. (2014). Good practice in reducing the over-representation of care leavers in the youth justice system (Leaving Care and Youth Justice: phase three report). Melbourne, Victoria: Monash University. Available at: http://www.academia.edu/8231314/Goodpracticeinreducingtheover-representationofcareleaversintheyouthjusticesystemLeavingCareandYouthJusticePhase3reportbyPhilipMendesSusanBaidawiandPamelaSnow.MonashUniversity.2014 http://www.smartjustice.org.au/cbpages/files/leavingcareyouthjusticephase3finalreport.pdf

Publication/Completion Year:
2014

Research Focus

Topic(s):
  • Child protection services, systems and/or practice
  • Other child protection issues
  • Out of home care (including leaving care)
Child Abuse Type(s):
  • Type not specified

Further Citations

Mendes, P., & Baidawi, S. (2012). Pathways into youth justice: Strengthening policy and program supports for young people in the youth justice system who are transitioning from out-of-home care. Children Australia, 37(1), 10-22.


Mendes, P., Snow, P., & Baidawi, S. (2012, August). Young people transitioning from Out-of-Home Care in Victoria: Strengthening interagency collaboration, leaving care plans and post-care support services for dual clients of Child Protection and Youth Justice. Paper presented at Doing Justice for Young People - Issues and Challenges for Judicial Administration in Australia and New Zealand Conference, Brisbane. Available at: http://www.aija.org.au/Youth%20Justice%202012/Papers/Mendes&Snow.pdf


Mendes, P., Snow, P., & Baidawi, S. (2013). Young people transitioning from out-of-home care in Victoria: Strengthening support services for dual clients of Child Protection and Youth Justice (phase two report). Melbourne, VIC: Monash University. Available at: http://www.academia.edu/5218450/YoungpeopletransitioningfromoutofhomecareinVictoriaStrengtheningsupportfordualclientsofchildprotectionandyouthjusticePhaseTwoReportbyPhilipMendesPamelaSnowandSusanBaidawi


Mendes, P., Baidawi, S., & Snow, P. (2014). Young people transitioning from out-of-home care: A critical analysis of leaving care policy, legislation and housing support in the Australian state of Victoria. Child Abuse Review, 23(6), 402-414. Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/car.2302/abstract


Mendes, P., Baidawi, S., & Snow, P. C. (2014). Young people transitioning from out-of-home care in Victoria: Strengthening support services for dual clients of child protection and youth justice. Australian Social Work, 67(1), 6-23. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0312407X.2013.853197#.Uv7A0ipccQ


Mendes, P., Snow, P., & Baidawi, S. (2014). The Views of Service Providers on the Challenges Facing Young People Also Involved in the Youth Justice System Transitioning from Out-of-Home Care. Journal of Policy Practice, 13(4), 239-257.


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Project location(s):
  • Victoria
Project Type:
Research only
Participants/Data Sample:
  • Children / Young people
Sample Size:
Medium (20-99 participants)
Methodology:
Qualitative

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