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Evidence Based Policy and Practice in Youth Justice

Edited by Anna Stewart, Troy Allard, Susan Dennison

© 2012 – Federation Press

250 pages

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Evidence Based Policy and Practice in Youth Justice is a significant collection that critiques the existing evidence base about the causes and prevention of youth offending in Australia and promotes the further development of this evidence base. It draws on Australian evidence wherever possible, highlighting international evidence where Australian evidence is not available or is conflicting.

Youth advocates, politicians, people interested in working with youth, along with existing practitioners in a diverse range of fields require an understanding about the nature of youth offending and ‘what works’ to prevent offending. The book is organised according to three broad themes that:

•provides up-to-date knowledge about the system and major approaches for understanding youth offending

•explores the usefulness of alternative approaches to prevent offending, and

•identifies the techniques necessary to establish an evidence base to influence decisions and promote change

There is no quick fix to youth offending. Policy makers and practitioners need to critically examine the available evidence and select responses that are most likely to be effective for reducing offending, recognising the multiple contexts in which young people experience risk. This work provides the necessary information and promotes further development of the evidence base so that youth justice systems can better meet the needs of young Australians.

Table of Contents

Evidence Based Policy and Practice in Youth Justice – An Overview

Anna Stewart, Susan Dennison and Troy Allard

Understanding the Youth Justice System

April Chrzanowski and Rebecca Wallis

Indigenous Young People and the Justice System: Establishing an Evidence Base

Troy Allard

Developmental and Life Course Criminology: Theories, Research and Policy Implications

Susan M Dennison

Crime Prone Communities

Don Weatherburn

Preventing the Onset of Offending

Kate Freiberg and Ross Homel

Situational Approaches to Juvenile Justice

Michael Townsley

Assessing Risk of Reoffending

Carleen M Thompson and Anna Stewart

Preventing Reoffending: Rehabilitative Programs and Interventions

James Ogilvie and Troy Allard

Responding to Offending: Youth Justice System Responses

Simon Little and Troy Allard

Establishing an Evidence Base: Program Evaluation

Mathew Manning

Establishing an Evidence Base – Economic Analysis

Troy Allard and Matthew Manning

Establishing an Evidence Base: Transforming Administrative Data into Evidence.

Anna Stewart

From Evidence to Policy and Practice in Youth Justice

Janet Ransley

About the Editors

Anna Stewart

Professor Anna Stewart is a former Head, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University and founder and Program Leader of Justice Modelling at Griffith. In 2007-2008, she was the Deputy Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Key to her research is the reuse of government administrative data and she has examined the links between child protection, youth justice and the adult criminal justice system; system responses to youth offending and domestic violence; management of risk; effectiveness of diversionary responses and system modelling.

Professor Stewart has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications, government reports and non peer reviewed publications. She has been involved in partnerships that have obtained more than $3.6 million dollars in National Competitive Funding, consultancies and other government research funding.

A focus of Professor Stewart’s work is building the relevant partnerships to strengthen the integration of key research findings into legislative policy and practice development.

Troy Allard

Dr Troy Allard is a Senior Research Fellow within the Key Centre for Ethics Law Justice and Governance at Griffith University.

He received his PhD from Griffith University in 2005. Since then, he has been Chief Investigator on five national competitive research projects and 11 consultancy projects, totalling in excess of $1m.

He has published in the areas of youth justice, Indigenous justice and economic analyses. Outputs include 12 refereed journal articles, five book chapters and 16 reports for government or funding bodies. He has also delivered 16 presentations to practitioners and academic audiences.

Susan Dennison

Susan Dennison is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University. Her research sits within a criminology and human development framework, with a focus on social justice issues and the importance of using evidence-based research to inform policy change and prevent crime.

She is the recipient of more than $1.6M in national competitive research grants and consultancies on the topics of child maltreatment and juvenile offending, juvenile offending trajectories, and the effect of parental incarceration on the developmental outcomes of children.

Associate Professor Dennison has also written 28 scholarly articles, chapters and monographs on stalking, child maltreatment, juvenile offending, and applications of psychology to law. In 2009 she was one of only 200 researchers Australia-wide to receive a four-year ARC Future Fellowship. Her Fellowship addresses the critical question of whether parental incarceration substantially contributes to poor developmental outcomes for children, over and above parental criminality and other existing risk factors.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology