Exploring action research as a method of creating evidence that is informed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of being, doing and knowing.

Authors Lucas Moore and Reno French Background In June 2023 QATSICPP published an article in the Evaluation Journal of Australasia outlining an Action Research approach used in the development of two child protection initiatives in Queensland (Moore & French, 2023). There is a long history of research and evaluation processes which have exploited First Nations…

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…

Healing our children and young people: A framework to address the impacts of domestic and family violence

Authors Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) Background This resource is for policy makers and practitioners working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who have experienced domestic and family violence and have come into contact with child protection systems. This framework is designed to be implemented in local contexts, to…

You can’t pour from an empty cup: Strengthening our service and systems responses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people who experience domestic and family violence

Authors Garth Morgan, Candice Butler, Reno French, Tamara Creamer, Lisa Hillan, Eva Ruggiero, Jennifer Parsons, Gareth Prior, Lela Idagi, Rachel Bruce, Aletia Twist, Tracy Gray, Mary Hostalek, Jamie Gibson, Beverley Mitchell, Traven Lea, Carol Miller, Fred Lemson, Sonya Bogdanek, Ursula Barber, Daryl Higgins, Alex Cahill Background Our First Nations children unfortunately experience high rates of…

Solid voices of tomorrow

Authors Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) Background A resource guide for community controlled organisations working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. QATSICPP would like to acknowledge and give our heartfelt thanks to all of the young people who shared with us their voice and knowledge to help make…

Your voice

Authors Prepared by yourtown Background In 2021, over 3,500 young people from around Australia engaged with yourtown’s Your Voice Project. The project was designed to provide a mechanism for young people (aged 15-24) across Australia to provide input into Australian Government decision-making processes on issues affecting them and their future. Key findings Young people told…