Journal article

The child protection and juvenile justice nexus in Australia: A longitudinal examination of the relationship between maltreatment and offending

Catia G Malvaso, Paul H Delfabbro, Andrew Day

CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

There is convincing evidence that many young people who are in the justice system have had contact with child protection services and that victims of childhood maltreatment are at increased risk of subsequent youth justice involvement. In Australia, however, there have been few longitudinal studies that have examined these associations and relatively less is known in this area. This study examines the overlap between the child protection and youth justice involvement in South Australia, and determines how substantiated maltreatment and variations in these experiences (e.g., the type, timing and recurrence of maltreatment) relate to criminal convictions as a youth. The results show that altho..

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