Young people in child protection and under youth justice supervision during 2014–15

J. Sweeney*, A. Schlumpp2

1 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
2 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

*Josh Sweeney: josh.sweeney@aihw.gov.au

Research shows that children and young people who have been abused or neglected are at greater risk of engaging in criminal activity and entering the youth justice system. A better understanding of the characteristics and pathways of children and young people who are both in the child protection system and under youth justice supervision will assist support staff, case workers and policy makers to achieve optimal outcomes for these children and young people. With the recent introduction of a unit record child protection data collection, it is now possible to link available child protection and youth justice supervision data to explore the relationships between child protection and youth justice supervision.

This presentation will explore findings from a recent Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report titled Young people in child protection and under youth justice supervision 2014–15. These findings focus on young people aged 10–17 who were involved in the child protection system and who were subject to a youth justice supervision order in 2014–15. Specifically, it examines the key characteristics of young people involved in different parts of the child protection system and youth justice supervision including: investigated notifications; care and protection orders; out-of-home care; community-based supervision; and detention.

Data for this report were drawn from the AIHW’s Child Protection and Juvenile Justice National Minimum Data Sets and include information from those states and territories with both sets of data available for 2014–15 (Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory). These data were linked using a multi-step key-based linkage method.

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