Law and justice

Law and justice

Prevention and early intervention programs for Indigenous youth

Daryl Higgins, Kristen Davis

Closing the Gap – July 2014


Indigenous young people are significantly over-represented in the Australian juvenile criminal justice system, with multiple risk factors contributing to this over-representation. This resource sheet examines some of the initiatives and programs that have been trialled in Australia to address this issue. Because of the paucity of robust evaluation data, we focus on some of the 'promising practice' principles in the design and operation of programs, as well as some program shortcomings and weaknesses.

This report was produced by AIFS staff for the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse was a Council of Australian Governments’ initiative jointly funded by all Australian Governments. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Family Studies was funded from 2009 to 2014 to deliver the Clearinghouse.

Law and justice: prevention and early intervention programs for Indigenous youth (PDF 266 KB)

Publication details

Closing the Gap
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, July 2014