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Young people in child protection and under youth justice supervision 2014–15
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare recently released their latest report on children and young people in care and the youth justice system. This report presents information on young people aged 10–17 who were involved in the child protection system and subject to youth justice supervision at some time during 2014–15, using data from the linked child protection and youth justice supervision data collection. Results are limited to the 5 jurisdictions with both child protection and youth justice National Minimum Data Set data for 2014–15 (Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory)—a total of 30,402 young people aged 10–17.

The results from the linked data collection will be enhanced in future years as data become available for more states and territories and as years of data accumulate. Linking to other health and welfare data collections would also provide additional information on multiple service use among vulnerable children and young people.

Young people in the child protection system were 14 times as likely as the general population to be under youth justice supervision in the same year. In 2014–15, 5.5% of those aged 10–17 who were in the child protection system were also under youth justice supervision in the same year (although not necessarily at the same time), compared with just 0.4% of the general population aged 10-17. Indigenous young people in the child protection system were more than twice as likely to be under youth justice supervision as non-Indigenous young people (10.4% compared with 4.3%).

The level of dual involvement was 8.0% for those under care and protection orders, 6.3% for those in out-of-home care and 4.1% for those who were the subject of an investigated notification.

Young people under youth justice supervision were 15 times as likely as the general population to be in the child protection system in the same yearIn 2014–15, 32.4% of those under youth justice supervision were also in the child protection system. Two (2) in 5 (40.8%) of those in detention were involved in the child protection system in the same year, which is 19 times the rate for the general population. The level of child protection involvement for those under community-based supervision in 2014-15 was also high: with about one-third (32.1%) also in the child protection system.

The younger someone was at their first youth justice supervision, the more likely they were to also be in child protection in 2014–15: of those under youth justice supervision in 2014–15, 3 in 5 (60.0%) of those aged 10 at their first youth justice supervision were also in child protection in 2014–15, compared with 9.4% of those aged 17.

The full report can be found online here.
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Upcoming Events
Online/offline: Sexual violence, activism, and justice

Date: Friday 25th November 2016, 4:00-6:00pm
Location: La Trobe University (Franklin St Campus), Melbourne

Online/offline: sexual violence, activism, and justice draws together leading international and national scholars in the field of sexual violence to examine current practice, progress, and challenges in sexual violence justice and activism. In particular, the seminar will investigate the role that online spaces are increasingly playing as sites of justice and activism for victim/survivors, and the interconnections and disconnects between virtual and ‘real life’ feminist praxis. Victim/survivors have successfully harnessed online to expose perpetrators, share their experiences, and to challenge dominant narratives of sexual violence. Simultaneously, online spaces are sites of sexual harm and perpetration of sexual violence, and this may pose significant limitations to activist goals and the pursuit of justice. Online activism is often characterized as ‘slacktivism’, suggesting that there may be a lack of translation between online and offline activism and justice for sexual violence. 

This event will feature a presentation from US-based activist, academic and survivor Dr Alissa Ackerman. Dr Ackerman’s talk will be followed by a panel discussion, with Dr Bianca Fileborn, Dr Nicola Henry, Dr Georgina Heydon, and Rachel Loney-Howes, facilitated by Dr Anastasia Powell, aiming to unpack current research and debates around sexual violence, activism, and justice. 

This event is supported by the La Trobe University Law School & the Department of Social Inquiry. It will also include the launch of Dr Bianca Fileborn’s new book, Reclaiming the night-time economy: Unwanted sexual attention in pubs and clubs.

The event is free to attend, with wine and light refreshments provided. To register, please follow the link.

Improving Skills in Recognising and Responding to the Abuse of Older People

Date: 9am Tuesday 6th December
Location: Saxons Training Facilities, Sydney NSW

This is a course being conducted by the NSW Elder Abuse Helpline & Resource Unit. During this training session, participants will:

  • Explore the societal context of elder abuse and the rights of older people
  • Identify elder abuse types and signs
  • Examine the complexity of elder abuse, and barriers to recognising and reporting
  • Understand duty of care and appropriate action to take when elder abuse is disclosed, witnessed or suspected
  • Learn how to respond to reports of alleged abuse
  • Find out where to go for advice and assistance

Participants receive a Certificate of Attendance and a comprehensive Resource Pack to take away. This course costs $46.95 to attend. To book, please follow the link.

Gender and Family Violence: New Frameworks in Prevention seminar
Date: 11 November 2016 12:00-1:00pm
Location: CB05B.03.18, UTS, NSW

Family violence has been the subject of unprecedented national attention and described as a ‘national emergency’. Researchers from the Monash University School of Social Sciences Gender and Family Violence: New Frameworks in Prevention research group will provide an overview of their research program, which focuses on the ways in which risk is constructed and responded to in the domain of family violence. The team will outline how their approach has informed a number of recently completed and current projects, including a comprehensive review of the Victorian Common Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework for Family Violence and Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) funded research on Disability.

The Monash Program of research aims to develop an evidence base for reforms aimed at effectively implementing more risk sensitive approaches to family violence and reducing the associated harms to women and children. Victoria has recently completed a ground-breaking Royal Commission, which provided a major opportunity to explore existing knowledge. The elimination of family violence, intimate partner violence and violence against women is a key focus of the group’s research. The research addresses how gendered and intimate partner
violence is understood, the ways in which local, national and international
patterns influence social and criminal justice responses to violence and how victim/survivors can be supported and empowered.

In this seminar, three key staff members from this research program - Professor Jude McCulloch, Associate Professor JaneMaree Maher and Dr Kate Fitz-Gibbon - will be presenting on their research thus far and exploring opportunities for collaboration. All are encouraged to attend this event. For further information or to register, please contact Law.Research@uts.edu.au by the 10th of November.
Forum on Indigenous Research Excellence (FIRE) Symposium

Date: 24-25 November 2016
Location: University of Wollongong

The Forum on Indigenous Research Excellence (FIRE) invites staff, students and community members to attend its upcoming Symposium: "Decolonising Criminal Justice: Indigenous Perspectives on Social Harm".

Day One will include discussions on: Aboriginal justice practices; counter-colonial perspectives on justice; decolonising policing; Aboriginal people, justice and mental health; Indigenous criminology; a retrospective of state responses to Indigenous peoples. Day Two will comprise a series of Yarning Circles. Please note that registration for the Yarning Circles on the 25 November are not closed.

For more information and to register, please visit the event website.

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Recent Publications
Windows into the Soul: Surveillance and Society in an Age of High Technology
By Gary T. Marx

We live in an age saturated with surveillance. Our personal and public lives are increasingly on display for governments, merchants, employers, hackers—and the merely curious—to see. In Windows into the Soul, Gary T. Marx, a central figure in the rapidly expanding field of surveillance studies, argues that surveillance itself is neither good nor bad, but that context and comportment make it so.

In this landmark book, Marx sums up a lifetime of work on issues of surveillance and social control by disentangling and parsing the empirical richness of watching and being watched. Using fictional narratives as well as the findings of social science, Marx draws on decades of studies of covert policing, computer profiling, location and work monitoring, drug testing, caller identification, and much more, Marx gives us a conceptual language to understand the new realities and his work clearly emphasizes the paradoxes, trade-offs, and confusion enveloping the field. Windows into the Soul shows how surveillance can penetrate our social and personal lives in profound, and sometimes harrowing, ways. Ultimately, Marx argues, recognizing complexity and asking the right questions is essential to bringing light and accountability to the darker, more iniquitous corners of our emerging surveillance society.

The book can be purchased online here.
Victoria’s Prison Population 2005 to 2016
By the Sentencing Advisory Council, Victoria

The Council today released a new report analysing data on adults held in corrective services custody to map trends in imprisonment in Victoria.

The report, Victoria’s Prison Population 2005 to 2016, found that Victoria’s prison population increased by 67% over the past decade (from 3,908 prisoners to 6,520), largely due to an increase in the number of people refused bail (particularly for violent offences).

There has been a decline in the number of sentenced prisoners since 2014 (from 4,973 in 2014 to 4,637 in 2016). However, this decrease has been offset by the increase in the number of unsentenced prisoners.

The report reveals that the increase in the adult prison population was unevenly spread across different groups of prisoners. For example, there has been a 75% increase in the number of female prisoners (compared with a 66% increase for males) and a 147% increase in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners (compared with a 62%
increase for non-Indigenous prisoners).

In addition, the report provides a range of descriptive statistics for the current adult prison population in Victoria, as well as a discussion of the potential drivers of change observed between 2005 and 2016.

The full report and fact sheet can be found online here.
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Worth a Watch
SBS Insight: Lockdown
Each week on 'Insight', Gold Walkley award winning journalist Jenny Brockie hosts a lively conversation and dives deep into a single topic. The forums bring together guests with powerful first-hand experiences of the issue as well as experts and others with strong opinions.

On the 8th and 15th of November, a special two-part Insight will take viewers inside the maximum security Silverwater Women's prison in Sydney. With extraordinarily rare access, Jenny Brockie speaks one-on-one with inmates to hear their stories and find out what it's like on the inside. The episodes will air at 8:30pm on SBS, but can also be viewed afterwards on the Insight website and YouTube channel.
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Student Opportunities
Apply for Sydney Institute of Criminology summer internships!
The Institute’s internship program is open to LLB, JD and Masters of Criminology students of the Sydney Law School. The program is undertaken on a pro-bono basis. Interns must be available to work 10 full days over January and February.

The internship program will be of interest to students seeking to gain experience in an organisation devoted to research and public policy in the area of criminal justice. Interns will be provided with the opportunity to participate in a broad range of Institute activities and to interact, both formally and informally, with Institute staff members.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, copy of your academic transcript, writing sample, and details of two academic referees to law.criminology@sydney.edu.au.

Applications for the summer internship close at 5pm Friday 18 November 2016.
Masterclass in Prato opportunity for PhD & MA students examining borders & bordering
The Border Crossing Observatory (Monash University) and Border Criminologies (Oxford University) are pleased to announce an opportunity for PhD and MA students researching borders (who are currently enrolled or who will be enrolled in the new year) to apply to a part-funded Masterclass in Prato, Italy in September 2017. 

The Masterclass will bring together leading scholars in this area in a mentorship role, to lead and facilitate discussions on critical issues, to advance knowledge, to deepen our understanding of border-related issues and to build and strengthen research partnerships and platforms with selected postgraduate students researching irregular migration, border crossings and bordering practices. If you are undertaking postgraduate research in this area, please apply through the link below. 

Applications close November 11, 2016. More information and the application form can be found here.
Volunteering Opportunity with Change the Record
The Change the Record campaign is seeking a volunteer to assist in our Sydney-based office 1-2 days per week.

The CTR campaign is led by a coalition of leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, legal, community and human rights organisations working collaboratively to address the disproportionate rates of violence and imprisonment experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The CTR Coalition is calling for greater investment in early intervention, prevention and diversion strategies. These are smarter solutions that increase safety, address the root causes of violence against women, cut reoffending and imprisonment rates, and build stronger and safer communities.

The CTR campaign has identified two over-arching goals:
  1. Close the gap in rates of imprisonment between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people, by 2040; and
  2. Cut the disproportionate rates of violence to at least close the gap by 2040 with priority strategies for women and children

This volunteer role would ideally be suited to a current university student who has an interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice / Legal Issues.

The role will include a variety of tasks to support the CTR Secretariat, including:

- discrete research projects;
- social media/comms support; and
- general administration/event support;

Please send expressions of interest, along with a copy of your current CV to admin@changetherecord.org.au

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Job Advertisements
Head of Department and Chair in Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology - University of Liverpool, UK
The University of Liverpool is seeking to appoint a Professor and Head of Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology. The salary is negotiable and the closing date for the submission of applications is December 2, 2016.

As the Head of Department, working alongside the Head of School of Law & Social Justice, you will be an active member of the School Management Team and will provide academic leadership in contributing to the strategic plan and annual operation of the School. As the Head of Department, you will be expected to provide strong vision and leadership on research and teaching in Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology, based on a sound understanding of the higher education environment and current and future challenges for Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology. The role of Head of Department will be for 5 years initially and will be offered with a permanent post at Professorial level.

For more information and to apply, please follow the link.

Principal Program Evaluator – NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Sydney
  • 2 x Ongoing Full-Time 
  • DPO IV/V, Salary ($110,046 – $118,943), plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading
The Principal Program Evaluator leads and manages complex and sensitive programs and legislative evaluations to achieve the Department’s strategic objectives within agreed timelines and budget. You would be responsible for stakeholder consultation and engagement, supervision of temporary research assistants, preparation of briefing notes and reports and ensuring that high level advice is effectively communicated to senior executive staff.

What are they looking for?
  • Must hold an Honours degree or equivalent in statistics, economics, epidemiology, psychology or another discipline with a strong statistical component.
  • Experience in program or policy evaluation


Applying for the role:

To apply for this role you need to submit an application here.

Closing date: Sunday, 20 November 2016 (11.59pm)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellowship - Swinburne University, Melbourne
Swinburne University has established its inaugural Swinburne Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellowship Scheme.

The Scheme has been established to enable one Fellowship to be awarded annually to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researcher to undertake full time research in a field that will broadly align with one of Swinburne’s five Research Institutes.

The objectives of the scheme are to:
  • attract and retain high calibre and talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early career researchers in research priority areas for the University;
  • increase the profile and number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers at the University;
  • strengthen the University’s existing areas of research expertise by awarding Fellowships to applicants whose profile will complement the work of the Institutes;
  • support Fellows to develop their demonstrated research potential and track record and capacity to successfully apply for external funding; and
  • strengthen the University’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research profile and capacity.

Successful applicants will be supported by a fellowship grant as well as through mentorship, research training and personal career development.

The position is advertised here.

For further information, please contact Professor Andrew Gunstone and agunstone@swin.edu.au.

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