Overlap between youth justice supervision and alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia

Miss Arianne Schlumpp1
1Australian Institute Of Health And Welfare (AIHW), Bruce, Canberra, Australia

This presentation discusses findings from a new Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) linkage report, Overlap between youth justice supervision and alcohol and other drug treatment services. Through the utilisation of data linkage techniques, this report examines young people aged 10–17 who were under youth justice supervision, and had received an alcohol and other drug treatment service, between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2016. It identifies the key characteristics of young people involved in both systems in Australia, the type of youth justice supervision received, their principal drugs of concern, number of treatment episodes and makes comparisons to the treatment characteristics of the age-equivalent Australian population.


Biography:

Arianne Schlumpp is a senior analyst and project manager at Australia’s national agency for health and community services statistics, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Arianne manages the collection of youth justice data from states and territories, utilises linkage techniques to measure the overlap of clients between sectors, and has experience in health statistics.

Project RADAR- a counselling and treatment program for young people with hidden drug abuse problems and drug-related criminal offences

Mr Man Ho, Wilson Chan1, Ms Siu Chui, Bob Lee1, Ms Tsz Ching Pang1, Mr  Siu Kei  Leung1, Ms Suk Fun Lai1, Professor  Fu Keung , Daniel  Wong2
1The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, Youth Crime Prevention Centre, , 2University of Hong Kong , Department of Social Work and Social Administration ,

Initiated by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) Youth Crime Prevention Center since 2016, Project RADAR is a territory-wide and evidence-based project that adopts Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) framework to provide crisis intervention, integrated assessment, individual counselling, and positive life skills training to young people, aged between 10 and 35, with hidden drug abuse problems and drug-related criminal offences. It also provides support services to their family members to enhance their mental well-being and problem-solving capacities. Through multi-disciplinary collaboration, a regular referral mechanism was established with police, hospitals, social welfare department, and other law enforcement agencies.

Project RADAR also collaborated with the University of Hong Kong to develop an assessment tool to assess the youths’ needs and risk level of committing drug-related offences and conduct an evaluation on the effectiveness of the intervention approach. Fifty-four youths with drug abuse and/or drug-related criminal offences were randomly assigned into two conditions, with 25 in the experimental condition (i.e. CBT) and 29 in the control arm (i.e. treatment as usual). Assessments were administered before and after the intervention. A series of ANCOVAs showed that participants in the CBT condition reported significantly less drug-related recidivism, lower frequencies of drug misuse, lower levels of pro-criminal attitudes and higher levels of cognitive-behavioural relapse coping strategies at post-intervention than those in the control condition. Therefore, the intervention approach launched by Project RADAR appear to be effective in decreasing drug abuse behaviours and drug-related criminal recidivism among Chinese youths in Hong Kong.


Biography:

Mr Chan Man-ho, Wilson, B.S.W (Hons), Postgraduate Dip. in Psychology, MSocS in Criminology, Accredited Mediator (Hong Kong/China), is currently Supervisor at The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, Hong Kong, SAR. He is leading youth at-risk services and having 20 years’ experience on working with young offender, drug addict and delinquent youth. Wilson has a strong linkage with government and non-government organizations in Hong Kong, he is serving as member of Action Committee Against Narcotics for giving advises on anti-drugs issues. He has published books related to youth delinquency, violence, sexual crime, drug issue and cybercrime. Wilson has also been regularly interviewed by media on youth crime issues.

Ms Lee Siu-chui, Bob, is currently unit-in-charge at the Hong Kong Federation of youth Groups, Youth Crime Prevention Centre, Hong Kong, SAR. She has over 25 year’s social work practice experience working with family, children, delinquent youth, drug addict, and young offender. She is a member of Fight Crime Committee in Hong Kong. In addition, she is a social work field-work supervisor and registered as an Accredited Mediator in Hong Kong and China. Bob has published books on youth crime, youth law and drug addiction topics.

Mandated therapeutic treatment for young people suffering from severe substance abuse

Magistrate Jennifer Bowles1,
1Churchill Trust, Canberra, Australia, 2Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria

Magistrate Jennifer Bowles was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to explore international options for providing therapeutic treatment services to young people suffering from severe alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues. As a Magistrate in the Children’s Court of Victoria, she regularly witnesses young people whose lives are on a downward spiral and who can not or do not access voluntary treatment services at present. Her overseas observations demonstrated that mandated residential treatment can work provided a clear set of criteria are met. She will outline the criteria and progress regarding the implementation of her ‘What Can Be Done…’ Fellowship Report recommendations.


Biography:

Jennifer Bowles has been a Magistrate since 1998. For more than half of this time, she has been a Magistrate in the Children’s Court of Victoria. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2014 to explore treatment options for young people suffering from serious substance misuse issues. Together with a colleague, she respectively established the Sexual Offences List and Sexual Abuse List in the Criminal and Family Divisions of the Children’s Court. She is currently the supervising magistrate of the Children’s Koori Court at Melbourne and she is Chair of the Professional Development Committee of the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. Magistrate Bowles annotated the Children Youth and Families Act 2005 (CYFA) in the publication “Family Violence and Child Protection Law in Victoria”.

 

A clinical study on the effectiveness of a culturally-attuned Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in working with delinquent youth in Hong Kong

Chan Man-Ho, Wilson Chan1, F Keung2
1The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, Youth Crime Prevention Centre, 2University of Hong Kong, Department of Social Work and Social Administration ,

This presentation will document a clinical study on the effectiveness of a culturally-attuned CBT in reducing delinquent behaviors and negative emotions among Hong Kong delinquent youth. Twenty participants received CBT and routine counseling and another twenty youth received routine counseling only for a 12-month period. Findings suggest a significant time effect for many outcome measures in the experimental group: impulsivity, stress, gang affiliations and different types of delinquent behaviors. Fewer significant improvements were noted in the control group. Effect size statistics showed fairly high magnitude of change in outcome measures in experimental group (Cohen’s d=.64-.97).It appears that a culturally-attuned CBT may be effective for working with adolescents with delinquent behaviours in Hong Kong.


Biography:
Mr Chan Man-Ho,  B.S.W (Hons), Postgraduate Dip. in Psychology, MSocS in Criminology, Accredited Mediator (Hong Kong/China), is currently Supervisor at The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, Hong Kong, SAR. He is leading youth at-risk services and having 20 years’ experience on working with young offender, drug addict and delinquent youth. Wilson has a strong linkage with government and non-government organizations in Hong Kong, he is serving as member of Action Committee Against Narcotics for giving advises on anti-drugs issues. He has published books related to youth delinquency, violence, sexual crime, drug issue and cybercrime. Wilson has also been regularly interviewed by media on youth crime issues.

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