Developing youth justice policy and programme design in Australia

Authors: Luke Butcher, Andrew Day, Debra Miles, Garry Kidd, Steven Stanton   Background The national Closing the Gap reform provides a mandate for mainstream organisations to undergo structural transformation to better address the needs and concerns of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. In the criminal justice sector, the reform resonates strongly with ongoing discussions…

Community engagement in youth justice program design

Authors: Luke Butcher James Cook University, Australia Andrew Day University of Melbourne, Australia Garry Kidd and Debra Miles James Cook University, Australia Steven Stanton Consultant, Australia   Background Aboriginal young people from rural areas in Australia are significantly over-represented in the youth justice system, and yet there is little evidence to indicate that current programs…

Journeys of culturally connecting: Aboriginal young people’s experiences of cultural connection in and beyond out-of-home care

Authors: Dr Jacynta Krakouer   Background With growing overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in out-of-home care (OOHC), cultural disconnection is an omnipresent threat. Despite research and inquiries that have highlighted the risk of cultural disconnection for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in OOHC, limited research has explored…

A Comparative Analysis of the Risk Profiles of Australian Young Offenders From Rural and Urban Communities

Authors: Luke Butcher, Andrew Day, Debra Miles, and Garry Kidd   Background Australian young people from rural areas, particularly Aboriginal young people, are overrepresented in the juvenile justice system. Apart from broad evidence regarding the entrenched social disadvantages experienced by young people in rural communities, the literature is limited in describing why this might be…