‘Friggin’, who’s this guy?’ Youth justice clients’ lived experiences of case management

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Since the 1970s, case management has dominated as the preferred method of service delivery in youth justice and adult corrections in Australia and other OECD countries. It is widely touted as a supportive framework for the delivery of rehabilitative interventions; an effective method of service coordination and linkage; and a way to ‘bridge-the-gap’ in throughcare programs between institutional and community-based services (Turner, 2010). Despite its popularity, there is a dearth of research focused on case management in Australian correctional contexts and in particular, about the ‘lived experiences’ of the ‘case managed’. That is, virtually nothing is known about how correctional clients understand and experience case management. In the current era of ‘evidence-based’ criminal justice, it seems paradoxical that so little is known about an approach that fundamentally defines the way correctional services are delivered. This presentation reports on some of the key emerging findings of a doctoral study that explored how youth justice clients understand and experience case management. By virtue of being both ‘young’ and ‘offenders’, youth justice clients represent a particularly disadvantaged and marginalised group in society; and their voices and views are notably absent from the public and other discourses that focus on youth justice and case management. This presentation aims to contribute their perspectives to a wider audience and in doing so, argues for a broader understanding of ‘evidence’ in criminal justice research.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventThe Reintegration Puzzle Conference 2018: Smarter Justice, Safer Communities - Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Australia
Duration: 20 Jun 201822 Jun 2018
Conference number: 14th


ConferenceThe Reintegration Puzzle Conference 2018
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  • youth justice
  • lived experience
  • Case management

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