The University of Sydney's Youth Justice Collaboration aims to improve youth justice outcomes and to ultimately prevent youth crime.
The University of Sydney has numerous strengths in this area and has a track record of work across disciplines, faculties and research centres directly and indirectly relevant to youth justice systems and young people in conflict with the law.
Through a whole-of-university approach, the University of Sydney can have a significant positive impact on youth justice systems and outcomes.
Numerous University of Sydney staff have direct or indirect interest or experience in youth justice systems. A small number have come together to establish the Youth Justice Collaboration:
Visit Associate Professor Garner Clancey's academic profile.
Visit Dr Lobna Yassine's academic profile.
Visit Professor Jioji Ravulo's academic profile.
Visit Associate Professor Emma Barrett's academic profile.
Visit Dr Rohan Lulham's academic profile.
Lluwannee George currently works within Human Resources as the Manager, Indigenous Employment. She previously worked as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar AO, at the Australian Human Rights Commission where she contributed to the writing of the Wiyi Yani U Thangani Women’s Voice Report 2020. Lluwannee also spent over 10 years working in the Justice sector for Youth Justice (formally Juvenile Justice NSW) in the Juvenile Justice Aboriginal Strategic Coordination Unit. This included managing the Agency’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Plan.
A host of University of Sydney staff and research centres have tremendous expertise in or related to the area of youth justice. Some of the relevant research centres include:
Established in 2018, The Matilda Centre is a world-first multidisciplinary centre conducting research in substance use and mental health in order to improve the lives of those affected by comorbid substance use and mental disorders.
The Research Centre for Children and Families was established in 2019 to facilitate a broad range of research addressing vulnerable children and families. The Centre aims to provide locally generated evidence regarding the effects of policy and service responses on vulnerable children and families.
The Centre for Disability Research and Policy seeks to reduce the disadvantage experienced by people living with disability by improving the social and economic engagement, and general health and wellbeing of those experiencing disability through policy and practice. The centre utilises a collaborative approach with a variety of local and international organisations, governments and service providers. The Centre for Disability Research and Policy works in partnership with and employs people with lived experience of disability, in order to highlight the voices of those affected and achieve the most productive outcomes.
Established in 2017, the Cyberpsychology Research Group represents Australia’s first formal research group examining the impact of consumer technologies (smartphones, video games, social networking, wearable technology, virtual reality and artificial technology) on human behaviour, cognition and attitudes. The Centre focuses on a variety of research areas, including: e-mental health and online counselling, social media, internet addiction, cyberbulling, virtual reality, and more. They aim to work with industry partners, NGO’s and government organisations to develop evidence based solutions that positively impact health outcomes and expand education and training in cyberpsychology and digital health.
The Communication Disorders Treatment and Research Clinic (CDTRC) is a teaching and research facility that provides speech pathology to a wide range of clients including members of the public.
The clinic's assessments and therapy are provided by qualified speech pathologists supervising speech pathology students undertaking clinical or fieldwork training. Supervised students are able to see adults and children with a range of communication difficulties including language disorders, speech disorders, voice problems, stuttering, and swallowing disorders.
Some of the many youth justice-related projects currently running at the University of Sydney include:
In addition to these student placements, students have worked on various voluntary or for credit projects. Some have included:
Higher degree research students are also actively engaged in youth justice research. These include:
Operationalisation of the Risk-Need-Responsivity (RNR) approach to rehabilitation in NSW Youth Justice Centres through the exploration of a staff induction training course.
In April 1998, the Young Offenders Act 1997 commenced in New South Wales. It provided a legislative basis for the diversion of young people from formal court proceedings and introduced, amongst other things, youth justice conferences.
On 3 May 2023, a panel discussion involving key actors in the development and initial implementation of the YOA reflected on this history and discussed the challenges of implementing the legislation and the benefits of diverting young people from more formal criminal justice interventions.
Associate Professor Garner Clancey facilitated the panel discussion which included:
View the webinar - 'Reflecting on 25 Years of the Young Offenders Act 1997 in NSW'.
A Youth Crime and Youth Justice Forum was held at the University of Sydney Law School on 24 November 2022.
Keynote speakers included:
A webinar delivered by three research staff from the Matilda Centre to Youth Justice NSW, highlighting various projects relevant to youth justice.
View the webinar - 'Addressing mental health and substance use in the youth justice setting'.
A webinar delivered by staff from the Department of Communities and Justice Youth Frontiers program and USYD's Research Centre for Children and Families.
View the webinar - 'Using a core components approach in evidence review and service redesign in youth mentoring'.