The Inbetweeners: Getting Youth Back on Track

24 April 2013

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About the seminar:

Enhancing outcomes for children and adolescents is an important goal of early intervention programs, where critical aspects of risk and need, rather than simply crime, are addressed. A holistic approach to the lives of young people also has significantly broader effects, including community safety, risk reduction and crime prevention. This important seminar will focus on the role of early intervention for juveniles as young as 10 years of age following the NSW Government's recent announcement of its Youth on Track program. The program aims to respond to the needs of those young people who come into repeated contact with police, and who have previously fallen through the cracks of service provision. The program will provide adequate services to prevent the further entrenchment of young people in the criminal justice system. This second seminar in the 2012 - 2013 Juvenile Justice seminar series explores the role of early intervention for these young people - the inbetweeners - and its effectiveness in getting them back on track.

About the speakers:

Brendan Thomas BA was appointed to his current role, Assistant Director General for Crime Prevention and Community Programs in September 2007. Brendan is responsible for Criminal Diversion and Crime Prevention activity for the NSW Department of Attorney General and Justice, including oversight of the Crime Prevention Division, Anti-Discrimination Board, the Aboriginal Programs Division, the Diversity Services and the Victims Services Division. Brendan has worked in crime prevention and criminal justice for more than 18 years and has written widely on crime prevention and Aboriginal justice issues.

Rebecca Magoffinis a Principal Policy Officer, Communities Prevention and Early Intervention Team within the Policy, Programs and Strategy Directorate of Community Services, NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS). As Principal Project Officer, Rebecca is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the FACS review - Better Outcomes for Vulnerable Teenagers. The review aims to identify potential reforms that can be implemented by FACS and its partners to assist vulnerable teenagers to have improved outcomes and live full lives. FACS is about to commence the implementation of the recommendations of the review. Rebecca's role in overseeing the implementation of this review within Community Services draws on her professional experience in working with a range of government departments and in policy and project management.

Professor Ilan Katz joined the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW in January 2005, becoming Director in July 2007-December 2011. He started his career as a social worker and manager in several local authorities and NGOs in the UK. He was Head of Practice Development and Research at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. After spending some time as a civil servant in the Department for Education and Skills, he returned to research. His research interests include parenting, child protection, disability, youth justice, youth mental health prevention and family support, children and communities, social inclusion, comparative child welfare systems, adoption, migration, race and ethnicity and Indigenous social policy.

This event is sponsored by Juvenile Justice NSW and hosted by the Sydney Institute of Criminology.

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this seminar is equal to 1 MCLE/CPD units.

Time: 6.00pm-8.00pm (registration from 5.30pm)

Location: The Foyer (level 2), Sydney Law School, Camperdown Campus

Cost: Free, registration essential

Contact: PLaCE Coordinator

Phone: (02) 93510323

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