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Evidence Based Policy and Practice in Youth Justice


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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.


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


“The collection is a must read for any practitioner in the field of youth justice, either in the research or criminal justice field or involved in policy development or delivering programmes or assisting young people in trouble and or need… It is an excellent tool for persuading policy makers to invest in programmes that do work and ultimately benefit not only an individual child, but the whole community. It will enable such people to act on evidence and not mere whim or ideology.”


John Robertson DCJ, Qld Lawyer, 2012

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