Community engagement in youth justice program design

Butcher, Luke, Day, Andrew, Kidd, Garry, Miles, Debra, and Stanton, Steven (2020) Community engagement in youth justice program design. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 53 (3). pp. 369-386.

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Aboriginal young people from rural areas in Australia are significantly over-represented in the youth justice system, and yet there is little evidence to indicate that current programs are having measurable success on rates of re-offending, suggesting alternative approaches are required. Drawing on new directions in human service policy that emphasise the importance of involving community in program design, this study reports the findings of a consultation with Aboriginal community members from one rural community to identify how the ecological validity of youth justice programs may be increased to be more responsive to local need. Eighteen Aboriginal community members from a town in Western New South Wales participated in semi-structured interviews, guided by a culturally informed research methodology. Qualitative content analysis was used to identify key themes that the community saw as important in program design, highlighting the need for consistent levels of support for local and community-driven solutions. Proposed conditions to enhance the ecological validity of programs are discussed.

Item ID: 63632
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1837-9273
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Copyright Information: (C) The Author(s) 2020
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A version of this publication was included as Chapter 7 of the following PhD thesis: Butcher, Luke (2020) Over the sandstone curtain: supporting rural Aboriginal young people in the youth justice system. PhD thesis, James Cook University, which is available Open Access in ResearchOnline@JCU. Please see the Related URLs for access.

Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2020 04:01
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4402 Criminology > 440202 Correctional theory, offender treatment and rehabilitation @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440903 Social program evaluation @ 50%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940102 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Development and Welfare @ 30%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940403 Criminal Justice @ 30%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare @ 40%
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