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Australasian Youth Justice Conference—Changing trajectories of offending and reoffending

National Convention Centre Canberra
20-22 May 2013

The Australian Institute of Criminology and Australasian Juvenile Justice Administrators are pleased to announce their first international youth justice conference with the theme of Changing trajectories of offending and reoffending.

The Australian Institute of Criminology has a long involvement in conducting and publishing research that has investigated issues in youth justice, corrections,  Indigenous justice, young people  and substance use, and precursor factors that increased the risk of youth offending ( such as domestic violence and child maltreatment)  and has collaborated many times in the past with AJJA.

The Australasian Juvenile Justice Administrators (AJJA) is a sub-group of the Children, Youth and Community Services Policy Research Working Group (CYCSPRWG), which is a standing committee of the Standing Council on Community and Disability Services Advisory Council (SCCDSAC).   Comprised of at least one senior executive officer from each of the Australian state or territory departments and New Zealand who is responsible for the delivery of youth justice services, AJJA works collaboratively to lead and influence the development of youth justice systems and to contribute to better outcomes for young people and the community.

Day one

9:45 am - 10:40 am

Keynote address - Leaving the life: Notes on desistance from serious repeat offending

Professor Mark Halsey, Law School, Flinders University

11:00 am - 11:30 am

1a - Youth on track-An early intervention system for NSW

Mr Gregory Benson, Juvenile Justice NSW, Department of Attorney General & Justice

Mr Sean Cotter, Juvenile Justice NSW, Department of Attorney General & Justice

1b - Justice & Forensic Mental Health Network, Adolescent Health-Reception Assessment


Ms Helen Andriotis, Justice & Forensic Mental Health Network

1c - Implementing a youth justice performance framework

Laura Atwell, Department of Justice and Attorney General, Queensland

1d - The lessons learnt from the Hobart Specialised Youth Justice Pilot

Mr Stuart Oldfield, Department of Health and Human Services (Tas)

Ms Lisa Cuatt, Save the Children Tasmania

11:35 am - 12:05 pm

1a - Youth diversion the early intervention way; practice issues when working with young people at the time of first police contact

Mr Horace Wansbrough, Youth Support + Advocacy Service (Vic)

1b - A preventative framework for assessing and managing violence risks in a youth mental health service

Dr Gennady Baksheev, Deakin University

1c - Continuous improvement underpinned by AJJA Standards equals good practice for managing you people within the criminal justice system

Mr Gary Crawford, Juvenile Justice NSW, Department of Attorney General & Justice

1d - Save the Children's Program in Tasmania - Transition from Ashley Youth Detention Centre and Supporting Young People on Bail

Ms Lisa Cuatt, Save the Children Tasmania

12:10 pm - 12:40 pm

1a - Early and Effective Relational Interventions for at Risk Children and Adolescents

Ms Victoria Laughton, Mr Tony Waters, Victim Support Service Inc

Mr Leigh Garrett, OARS Community Transitions; Centre for Restorative Justice

1b - Balancing Positive Client Outcomes with Safety and Security: The Establishment of the SERT at YJCS

Mr Simon Brown-Greaves, FBG Group
Mr Ian Lanyon, Department of Human Services (Vic)

1c - Applying a critical best practice research approach to juvenile justice

Dr Brian Stout, University of Western Sydney

1d - New Zealand Youth Justice Residences: A multi-agency team approach

Mr Grant Bennett, Child Youth and Family, Ministry of Social Development (NZ)
Mr Ken McIntosh, Central Regional Health School (NZ)

1:30 pm - 2:25 pm

Keynote address - From little things, big things grow: Emerging Themes for Youth Justice in the South Pacific

Judge Andrew Becroft, Principal Youth Court Judge of New Zealand

2:25 pm - 3:20 pm

Keynote address - Crime Control, Politics and Policy Production - Critical Reflections on the Demonisation of Indigenous Youth

Mr Juan Tauri, Lecturer, School of Justice, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

2a - Working effectively with young offenders who are dealing with AOD issues

Ms Katherine McLachlan, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

2b - Three dogmas of juvenile justice policy in Australia

Dr Lorana Bartels, University of Canberra

2c - Voices from the inside: Good practice for engaging young people in policy, program and service development within the criminal justice system

Ms Stephanie Martin, McCreary Centre Society (Canada)
Ms Annie Smith, McCreary Centre Society (Canada)

2d - Client assessment in youth justice: Outcome measurement

Professor Andrew Day, Dr Sharon Casey, Deakin University

4:20 pm - 4:50 pm

2a - Innovative Alcohol and Other Drug responses in a youth justice population

Mr Peter Wearne, Youth Support + Advocacy Service (Vic)

2b - Bail and remand for young people in Australia

Dr Kelly Richards, Queensland University of Technology
Ms Lauren Renshaw, Australian Institute of Criminology

2c - What do we do? What do we need to know? How are the young people better off? - Improving collaborative outcomes through youth development approaches and with strong network partnerships

Ms Anita Balhorn, Ivita Health Services (NZ)
Ms Hazel Audain, Ivita Health Services (NZ)
Dr Vicky Shaw, Lower North YJ Residential Centre (NZ)
Raquel Amadei Barbiellini, Waitemata District Health Board (NZ)

2d - Assessing psychological maturity in juvenile offenders

Dr Sharon Casey, Deakin University

4:55 pm - 5:25 pm

2a - Supporting youth with FASD who are in conflict with the law

Ms Maya Peled, McCreary Centre Society (Canada)

2b - Thinking Outside - improving responses to children who experience remand

Ms Julie Edwards, Jesuit Social Services

2c - Indications of group intervention effectiveness with South Australian young offenders

Ms Louisa Hackett, Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (SA)

2d - The Young Offender Risk Identification Assessment: The development and trial of a "screening out" tool for use by youth justice officers on young offenders

Dr Natalie Gately, Edith Cowan University

Day two

9:30 am - 10:25 am

Keynote address - The Processing of Youth and the Sentencing of Young Offenders in a Federal System: Challenges and successes in the recent Canadian experience

Dr Raymond R Corrado, Simon Fraser University

10:45 am - 11:15 pm

3a - Remote location, traditional lifestyle: protecting Indigenous youth from entering the criminal justice system

Ms Ruth Brebner, Solicitor for NT, Department of the Attorney General and Justice

3b - Recent findings on young people under youth justice supervision: focus on girls and young women

Ms Arianne Schlumpp, Child Welfare and Prisoner Health Unit, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Ms Rhiannon Kelly, Child Welfare and Prisoner Health Unit, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

3c - Promising practice for reducing youths gang involvement

Ms Ann Alexander, PLEA Community Services Society of BC (Canada)

Ms Maya Peled, McCreary Centre Society (Canada)

3d - Bail: The secret to reducing youth incarceration

Magistrate Paul Mulroney, Children's Court of NSW

11:20 am - 11:50 am

3b - Exploring Gender Differences in the Order Details and Risk Profiles of Young Offenders

Ms Jamie Young, Deakin University

3c - Freestyle Street Art - Banyule City Council Youth Service

Ms Leonie Farrell, Ms Jessica Sayers, Banyule City Council

3d - Looking behind the rise in juvenile remands in NSW

Emeritus Professor David Brown, University of NSW

11:55 am - 12:25 pm

3a - Who's listening when we talk?

Mr Trevor Kennedy, Juvenile Justice NSW, Department of Attorney General & Justice

Mr Craig Biles, Juvenile Justice NSW, Department of Attorney General & Justice

3b - Changing trajectories of offending and reoffending for young women in British Columbia, Canada

Ms Annie Smith, McCreary Centre Society (Canada)

3c - Analysis of worker skills in youth probation

Ms Phillipa Evans, Associate Professor Chris Trotter, Monash University

3d - After Hours Bail Support Service evaluation

Dr Mark Collis, Youth Services, ACT Government

Ms Ronia McDade, Youth Justice Case Management, ACT Government

1:10 pm - 2:10 pm

Keynote address - Cultural Competence in Forensic Settings - what issues continue to impact?

Dr Tracy Westerman, Managing Director, Indigenous Psychological Services

2:10 pm - 3:05 pm

Keynote address - Young women and crime

Professor Kerry Carrington, Head, School of Justice, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology

3:25 pm - 3:50 pm

4a - Aboriginal Next Steps: A British Columbian community based youth crime reduction project

Ms Stephanie Martin, McCreary Centre Society (Canada)

4b - Racial profiling, police accountability and the walking alongside program

Ms Chantelle Higgs, Flemington Kensington Community Legal Centre

4c - Tough justice or rough justice? An examination of new directions in youth justice in Queensland

Associate Professor Terry Hutchison, Dr Kelly Richards, Queensland University of Technology

4d - Symposium: Family and Community-based interventions in NSW Juvenile Justice

Chair - Dr Eric Heller, Juvenile Justice NSW, Department of Attorney General & Justice

Dr Michael Szyjan, Juvenile Justice NSW, Department of Attorney General & Justice

Dr Ian Nisbet, Juvenile Justice NSW, Department of Attorney General & Justice

Associate Professor Chris Trotter, Monash University

3:55 pm - 4:20 pm

4a - Justice Reinvestment: Addressing the Overrepresentation of Aboriginal Young People in the NSW Criminal Justice System

Alistair Ferguson, Justice Reinvestment for Aboriginal Young People Campaign

4b - From Sudan to the Suburbs

Mr Warren Eames, Youth Support + Advocacy Service (Vic)

4c - Implementing youth bootcamps in Queenland

Youth Services, Department of Justice and Attorney-General (Qld)

4:25 pm - 4:50 pm

4a - It seems to work: Lessons from evaluating Indigenous youth justice programs

Mr Matthew Willis, Australian Institute of Criminology

4b - Cop that: Bridging the gap between young people and Law enforcement officers

Ms Jess Moyle, Mr Dean Barnett,
Mr Joshua Gilligan, Youth Reference Group, Youth Affairs Council of Victoria

4c - The 2010 reforms of the New Zealand youth justice system: From progressive to punitive?

Dr Nessa Lynch, Victoria University of Wellington (NZ)

4:55 pm - 5:20 pm

4a - Strategies to increase the cultural integrity of court processes for Aboriginal young people and their families

Mr Jared Sharp, North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency

4c - What worked, what didn't and what don't we know? The New Zealand experience using the "What works" literature as a guide to establishing an intensive programme for serious young offenders

Mr Christopher Polaschek, Child Youth and Family, Ministry of Social Development (NZ)

Day three

9:00 am - 9:30 am

5a - Restorative justice as a better practice for managing the need for rehabilitation in response to youth offending

Dr Tony Foley, ANU College of Law

5b Workshop - Collaborative case management - collaborating to achieve best practice

Steve Armitage, Youth Justice Services, Department of Justice and Attorney-General (Qld)s

5c Workshop - Early and Effective Relational Interventions for At Risk Children and Adolescents

Ms Victoria Laughton, Victim Support Service Inc
Mr Tony Waters, Victim Support Service Inc
Mr Leigh Garrett, OARS Community Transitions; Centre for Restorative Justice

9:30 am - 10:00 am

5a - Getting beyond "just" talk: Making thinking visible in community conferencing

Ms Jane Douglas, Children and Youth Services, Department of Health and Human Services

10:00 am - 10:30 am

5a - Community Integration Team Assisting young people to access health services in the community on release from custody

Mr Christopher Selvey, Justice & Forensic Mental Health Network

10:50 am - 11:20 am

6a - Are current correctional programs addressing the needs of young women in Victorian prisons?

Mrs Ruth Klein, Criminal Justice Research Consortium, Monash University

6b - Workshop - Evaluating initiatives that aim to prevent or respond to youth offending

Dr Rick Brown, Deputy Director Research, Australian Institute of Criminology
Mr Anthony Morgan, Principal Research Analyst, Australian Institute of Criminology

6c - Workshop - Oral language competence and vulnerability in early life

Associate Professor Pamela Snow, School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University

11:20 am - 11:50 am

6a - Unspeakably present: the (un)acknowledgement of diverse sexuality and gender human rights in Australian youth justice systems

Dr Angela Dwyer, Queensland University of Technology
Dr Kelly Richards, Queensland University of Technology

11:50 am - 12:20 pm

6a - Young cybercriminals: pathways and potential prevention and response strategies

Dr Alice Hutchings, Australian Institute of Criminology

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

7a - Thinking outside the classroom: Creating new environments for young people engaged in the Youth Justice System to successfully gain access to education

Ms Harriet Horsfall, Brisbane Youth Service

7b - The health of young people appearing in the NSW Children's Court

Ms Toni Anderson, Justice & Forensic Mental Health Network

7c - Exploring the links between alternative education programs and crime prevention - A case study in Glebe

Mr John Maynard, City of Sydney

1:35 pm - 2:05 pm

8a - Symposia: The impact of maltreatment on cognitive and language development: What does early neurobiological adversity mean for youth justice workers?

Dr Sara McLean, Australian Centre for Child Protection (SA)

Ms Samantha Parkinson, Australian Centre for Child Protection (SA)

Associate Professor Pamela Snow, School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University

8b - Workshop: Adolescent violence in the home - improving a coordinated response

Ms Jo Howard, Manager, Peninsula Health Community Health (Vic)

8c - The criminal responsibility of children and their parents

Mr James McCue, Edith Cown University

2:05 pm - 2:35 pm

8c - Consequences of increasing the age of criminal responsibility: Case of Thai children under 12 in conflict with the law

Dr Kattiya Ratanadilok, Ministry of Justice (Thailand)

2:35 pm - 3:05 pm

8c - Raising the age of criminal responsibility - options for reform in Australia

Mr Michael Livingstone, Jesuit Social Services