The Council is examining the prevalence of children known to the Victorian Child Protection Service among sentenced and diverted children. The study includes 5,063 children who were sentenced or received a youth diversion order in the Victorian Children’s Court in the calendar years 2016 and 2017. It examines their child protection history (if any) over 22 years from 1996 to 2018.
The Council has now released two reports from the study.
The first report examined:
- the proportion of sentenced and diverted children who were ‘known to child protection’ and their level of child protection involvement (for example, the proportion who had experienced out-of-home care)
- the proportion of crossover kids who were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
- the association between age at first sentence and the likelihood that a child was known to child protection
- the association between sentence type and the likelihood that a child was known to child protection.
The second report examined:
- whether child protection or youth justice involvement occurred first
- how child protection backgrounds varied according to children’s age, gender and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status
- associations between offence type and the existence and extent of child protection involvement
- geographical differences in the prevalence of children known to the child protection service (including the number who were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children) and the proportion of children first sentenced aged 10–13 among sentenced and diverted children.
The third report will examine the principles that apply to considering trauma and child protection issues when sentencing children.
This project builds on the Council’s previous work on sentenced children and young people.
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