The voices of “at risk” young people about services they received: a systematic literature review

Zuchowski, Ines, Braidwood, Lilli, d'Emden, Cindy, Gair, Susan, Heyeres, Marion, Nicholls, Leah, Savuro, Nikkola, and O'Reilly, Sara (2020) The voices of “at risk” young people about services they received: a systematic literature review. Australian Social Work. (In Press)

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Abstract

In Australia young people who are at risk of offending have attracted much media and policy attention. In recent times, policy reform has seen increased funding for social services delivery to support young people at risk of entering, or currently in the juvenile justice system. However, limited literature explores how young people experience services delivered to them. This article reports on a systematic literature review exploring the voices of children and youth on social service delivery for young people who have offended or are at risk of offending. The review aimed to identify English language publications in the fifteen-year period from 2004 to 2018, critique their methodological quality, and analyse and describe the findings of identified studies. Through a search of electronic social sciences databases twelve (n=12) eligible publications were identified, including six qualitative studies, one quantitative study and five reports. The review highlighted a scarcity of research on this topic but provided evidence about how young people who are at risk of offending experienced social services, and their recommendations for effective service delivery. Implication Statement • Practitioners need to create supportive, caring and respectful environments that facilitate young people’s agency and self-determination; • Young people need information and clarification but may not ask for it; • Experiences of racism need to be acknowledged and racist attitudes actively addressed. An easy read poster has been developed on the recommendation of practice-based research partners to highlight the implications for practice.

Item ID: 63187
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0312-407X
Keywords: Youth; at risk young people; criminal justice; offending; service delivery; service environments; racism
Copyright Information: © 2020 Australian Association of Social Workers. Following the publisher's policies, the Author Accepted Manuscript of this article will be available Open Access from ResearchOnline@JCU after 13 July 2021.
Research Data: https://doi.org/10.25903/5ec200492cc57
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2020 05:06
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 30%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 30%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160703 Social Program Evaluation @ 40%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940408 Rehabilitation and Correctional Services @ 40%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940502 Professions and Professionalisation @ 30%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940402 Crime Prevention @ 30%
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