Research For Reform: The Experience of Children on Remand in Victoria Applied Research in Crime and Justice Conference, BOCSAR, NSW Michael Livingstone and Julie Boffa, Policy and Research Unit, Jesuit Social Services February 2013. About us and our research
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Research For Reform:
The Experience of Children on Remand in Victoria
Applied Research in Crime and Justice Conference, BOCSAR, NSW
Michael Livingstone and Julie Boffa,
Policy and Research Unit,
Jesuit Social Services
Different philosophical assumptions: A hybrid approach in Victoria
Limitations no excuse for inaction when reform for children is at stake
Seven areas for reform
1. Intervene early and locally
2. Focus on prevention
3. Target Aboriginal disadvantage
4. Strengthen legislative protections for children
5. Maximise diversion from remand
6. Intensify support for the most vulnerable
7. Develop infrastructure to build evidence.
The adverse life circumstances and trajectories through the criminal justice system for the youngest offenders, especially Aboriginal children
The prominence of unnecessary short term remands
Our youngest offenders: Recommendations
Increase the age of criminal responsibility to 12
Ensure the needs of children in the youth justice system are heard in child and family services
Break the cycle of Aboriginal children being involved in the justice system
Use clear risk factors to trigger intensive responses to indicated children.
Key findings: Unnecessary remands
Unnecessary remands: Recommendations
Legislative framework for diversion and reform of the Bail Act
Support services must be available when children need them most.
Strengthen coordination between Child Protection and Youth Justice to prevent cross over
More timely assessment for vulnerable children to reduce exposure to remand.
A last word
“The imperative for action to improve the life changes of children must not be ignored”