Juvenile Justice NSW runs a range of events as part of the agency's Community Engagement Program. The program aims to better educate the public on different aspects of the juvenile justice system.
As part of the program, Juvenile Justice NSW partners with the Sydney Institute of Criminology to run seminars on the juvenile justice system. See below for current and past seminars.
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Venue: Law Foyer, Level 2, Sydney Law School Building, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus7 August 20146pm
In this seminar, Professor Mark Halsey drew from the forthcoming book Young Offenders: Crime, Prison and Struggles for Desistance (Mark Halsey and Simone Deegan, 2015, London: Palgrave), focusing particularly on the story of one young man and his descent into serious crime and long-term incarceration. Based on 10 years of interviews with him, his family, and various prison officials, Professor Halsey discussed the key implications. A discussion with a panel of experts followed.
Venue: The new law building, University of Sydney24 April 20136pm
Enhancing outcomes for children and adolescents is an important goal of early intervention programs, where critical aspects of risk and need, rather than simply crime, are addressed. A holistic approach to the lives of young people also has significantly broader effects, including community safety, risk reduction and crime prevention. This important seminar focussed on the role of early intervention for juveniles as young as 10 years of age following the NSW Government's announcement of its Youth on Track program. The program aims to respond to the needs of those young people who come into repeated contact with police, and who have previously fallen through the cracks of service provision. The program will provide adequate services to prevent the further entrenchment of young people in the criminal justice system. This second seminar in the 2012 - 2013 Juvenile Justice seminar series explores the role of early intervention for these young people - the inbetweeners - and its effectiveness in getting them back on track.
Guest speakers included:
Venue: University of Sydney, Law Foyer, Level 2, Sydney Law School Building, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus
16 April 20146pm - 8pm
Dr Hannah Smithson, Reader in Criminology at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK, delivered a keynote presentation on the problematic usage of the term 'gang' and its implications for ethnic minority youth in the UK. Having undertaken numerous research and evaluation projects funded by the UK government, local authorities, police forces and charities, her research findings have impacted on policy at a local and national level.
Dr Smithson will present an assessment of the current situation in relation to the extent, and nature, of violent gang activity in three predominately Asian (Pakistani and Bangladeshi) areas and outline empirical evidence of the problematic way that the term 'gang' is being used and abused in the United Kingdom.
Following her presentation, Dr Smithson was joined in conversation with Dr Greg Martin, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney, and Dr George Morgan, Researcher at the University of Western Sydney's Institute for Culture and Society, to discuss relevant issues such as:
- How might we extend these insights to the Australian context?
- What are some of the implications for Australian youth around the term 'gangs'?
- What is the role of the media?
- And how might we better understand and respond to young people's behaviour?
Venue: The new law building, University of Sydney24 October 20126pm
This seminar explored models of family intervention and their effectiveness in reducing juvenile offending behavior. In exploring the role of family intervention, the seminar brings together key government, non-government organisation and academic perspectives. Critical attention increasingly is being paid to this area of juvenile justice practice; some jurisdictions are enthusiastic about the uptake of such programs, while others are more cautious. In light of this, it is timely that this seminar asks: how effective are family intervention programs and methods? Do they assist young people from deepening contact with the criminal justice system and prevent offending behaviour? Simply put, can and do they work?
This seminar looked at:
Venue: The new law building, University of Sydney9 May 20126pm
The last young people in custody health survey showed that 89% of young offenders had tried illicit drugs, with cannabis (87%) the most common used. As well, 65% had used an illicit drug at least weekly in the year prior to custody, 65% reported committing crime to obtain alcohol or drugs and 20% were intoxicated (on alcohol, drugs or both) at the time of their offence.
Guest speakers included:
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On 29 November 2011 the 'Spend less and reduct crime' seminar was held at the University of Sydney.
Steve discussed the Institute's criminal justice research findings, and how they believe that the key to success is to think more generally about crime.
On 17 October 2011, Juvenile Justice and the Sydney Institute of Criminology presented a seminar on Youth Justice Conferencing. The seminar explored the current state of evidence and practice in restorative justice and Youth Justice Conferencing, and brought together a range of perspectives on the conferencing process.
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On 2 May 2011, Juvenile Justice and the Sydney Institute of Criminology presented the "Capacity for crime: adolescent brain development, mental health and youth crime" seminar at the University of Sydney Law School. The seminar explored current thinking in the science of adolescent brain development and reviewed recent research into the mental health of young people within the juvenile justice NSW system.
Guest speakers included:
International guest Professor David Ferguson spoke of the issues relating to the prevention and treatment of childhood conduct problems.
Listen to the audio (mp3 16.8mb)
View the presentations:
Ian Hickie (to be provided soon)
Natalie Mamone (PowerPoint 1.04mb)
David Fergusson (PowerPoint 555kb)
On 7 February 2011, Juvenile Justice and the Sydney Institute of Criminology presented the Aboriginal Young People and Crime seminar. The guest speakers discussed the reasons for continued over-representation of Aboriginal young people in the criminal justice system, and highlighted promising programs and strategies to help reduce the numbers in custody.
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View the presentations:
Bob Debus (PDF 36kb)
Edwina Crawford (PDF 103kb)
Anthony Paulson (PowerPoint 863kb)
On 11 November 2010, Juvenile Justice and the Sydney Institute of Criminology presented the 'Juvenile offending - What are the Facts?'
Peter Muir, Chair, AJJADr Eric Heller, Manager of Research, Juvenile Justice NSW
Jessie Holmes, Senior Project Officer, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
Rachel Aalders, Senior Project Manager, Child and Youth Welfare Unit, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Click here to listen to the audio . (2.71mb)
Presentations are in PowerPoint format.
Dr Heller's presentation (7.39MB)Ms Holme's presentation (2.71MB)Ms Aalder's presentation (582kb)