2nd Edition

Community Justice in Australia Knowledge, Skills and Values

By Brian Stout Copyright 2023
    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    This new edition of Community Justice in Australia expands on the discussion of how people who have committed offences can be engaged in the community. It considers how the concept of community justice can be successfully applied within Australia by social workers, criminologists, parole officers and anyone working in the community with both adults and young people.

    The book defines community justice and applies the concept to the Australian context. It then explains theories of offending behaviour, considers relevant Australian legislation, policy and intervention strategies and examines the implications for both young people and adults. Restorative justice is also discussed. The latter part of the book focuses on practical issues including working in community justice organisations, technology, public protection and desistance approaches. Each chapter contains an engagement with the implications of community justice approaches for Indigenous groups and features reflective questions, practical tasks and guidance for further reading.

    This accessible and practical book will be indispensable for instructors, students and practitioners working in the community with people who have committed offences.


    1. Community justice

    2. Adults who have committed offences

    3. Juvenile justice

    4. Theories of offending and evidence-based practice

    5. Restorative justice

    6. Risk-management and protection of the public

    7. Diversity

    8. Organisation and management

    9. Technology and community justice

    10. Facilitating desistance and building good lives

    11. Values, ethics, human rights and children’s rights

    12. Practitioner skills


    Brian Stout is Pro Vice Chancellor of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Professor of Social Work at Western Sydney University, Australia. He has practiced, taught and researched community justice in Northern Ireland, England, South Africa and Australia. He is author of Equality and Diversity in Policing (2010) and numerous chapters and journal articles. He is also editor of Applied Criminology (2008).