Young People, Alternative Education and Diversion Seminar

7 November 2013

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Various programs seek to maintain young people in education, provide recreational opportunities and divert them from criminal activity and the criminal justice system. Despite the widespread adoption of recreational, sporting, educational and other forms of diversionary program, there has been limited research testing the efficacy of these programs. This free seminar will bring together practitioners involved in developing and delivering innovative alternative education and diversionary programs, and Sydney University research staff to discuss evaluation and research issues. In particular, this seminar will explore how research and practice can better inform each other.


Dr Gareth Jenkins

Dr Jenkins is the Youth Engagement Coordinator for Save the Child Australia. In this role, Gareth is responsible for designing and implementing youth engagement projects in urban and remote locations. Gareth has a background in education, psychology and digital media projects in the youth and community sector. He will be discussing the Glebe Pathways Project.

Shane Phillips

Shane is an outstanding community leader and respected spokesperson for Aboriginal Australians. Shane is passionate about the importance of empowering Aboriginal people and is a dedicated contributor to a range of community organisations. He has cultural connections to the Bunjalung, Wonnarua, and Eora peoples. Shane is Chief Executive Officer of the Tribal Warrior Association. Prior to this, Shane's career included roles working with young people in child protection, juvenile justice and the law, including working with the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody as a community liaison officer under the Honourable Justice Hal Wooten.

Superintendent Luke Freudenstein

Superintendent Freudenstein is the Commander of the Redfern Local Area Command. He recently received the prestigious Australian Police Medal announced in the Australia Day Honours. The award is called the Superintendent's Medal for Excellence. Superintendent Freudenstein joined the NSW Police Force in 1980 when the NSW Police Academy was located in Redfern, and has been the Commander at the Redfern Local Area Command since June 2008.

Dr Kate Russell

Dr Russell is a Senior Lecturer, Human Movement and Health Education at the University of Sydney. Current research interests include the negotiation of gender in a range of sporting contexts such as swimming, snowboarding, men's netball, female boxing, motor cross and BMX. Kate is also currently involved in a research project looking at the impact of the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme on social inclusion and will discuss current Faculty of Education and Social Work projects.

This seminar is being hosted by the Sydney Institute of Criminology and the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this lecture is equal to2 MCLE/CPD units.

Time: 9.30am-11.30am

Location: Law Foyer, Level 2, New Law School Building (F10), Eastern Ave University of Sydney

Cost: Free, however registrations is essential

Contact: PLaCE Coordinator

Phone: (02) 93510323

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