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Victorian juvenile justice rehabilitation review

Kevin Howells, Andrew Day and Debra Rickwood

January 2003

Abstract

The first part of this study reviews the 'what works' research literature on the rehabilitation of young offenders; compares this evidence based practice with current service delivery in juvenile justice in Victoria; and describes an evidence based, best practice framework for the delivery of rehabilitation services to young offenders in Victoria. The second part of the study presents a literature review of juvenile justice rehabilitation programs. The review outlines the 'what works' approach to offender rehabilitation; describes the main areas of criminogenic need likely to be found in juvenile justice populations; reviews the efficacy of intervention programs; and considers specific needs related to age, gender, Indigenous status and disabilities. An appendix sets out a bibliography of the Australian Institute of Criminology database of rehabilitation programs for juvenile justice.