New Factsheet Highlights Similar Findings of Sentencing Advisory Council and Monash University Studies of Crossover Kids

Date of Publication
13 December 2019

The Council has prepared a factsheet comparing its 2019 study of ‘crossover kids’ with a new study from Monash University, highlighting strikingly similar findings between the two.

The studies consider the child protection histories of ‘crossover kids’, children involved in both the youth justice system and the child protection system:

  • the Councils’ study examined 892 children who were the subject of a child protection order and sentenced or diverted in the Children’s Court of Victoria in the calendar years 2016 and 2017 (as part of a broader group of 5,063 sentenced and diverted children)
  • the Monash University study examined 300 children who were the subject of a child protection order and had a criminal hearing at select Children’s Court locations in Victoria between 1 June 2016 and 19 April 2017. It is likely that 270 of the 300 children in the Monash University study were also in the Council study.

The findings of both studies overlap in significant ways, despite differences in size and scope. For example, in both studies:

  • over 90% of children had more than one child protection report
  • around 90% of children had more than one child protection order
  • around 80% of children experienced out-of-home care
  • nearly 20% of children were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Both studies found that children who experienced residential care were over-represented in the youth justice system.

The factsheet and the Council’s report, Crossover Kids: Vulnerable Children in the Youth Justice System: Report 1, are available from our website. The Monash University study is authored by Dr Susan Baidawi and Professor Rosemary Sheehan and published by the Australian Institute of Criminology.