Rehabilitation and case management: What do the recent major reviews of youth justice tell us?

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If we’re serious about rehabilitation in youth justice, we need to get serious about designing effective systems of case management. Since 2010, there have been at least six major reviews, including a Royal Commission into youth justice systems in Australia (see White & Gooda, 2017;McMillan & Davis, 2017;Armytage & Ogloff, 2017;Roy & Watchirs, 2011;NOETIC, 2010;Northern Territory Government, 2011). Each of these reviews has highlighted the critical role that case management plays in assisting youth justice to achieve its rehabilitative aims. Case management in youth justice functions as a ‘framework’ (Day, 2003) or ‘central organising process’ (DJJ NSW, 2003) for supervision and the delivery of evidence-based, rehabilitative interventions and programs (see AIHW, 2017;Turner, 2010). Indeed, the Australasian Juvenile Justice Administrators (AJJA) describes ‘case management’ as an ‘integral’ part of service provision to ‘support compliance, contribute to reducing offending and increase community safety’ (AJJA, 2009 p.6). Similarly, the Productivity Commission requires youth justice jurisdictions to report on the number of ‘case plans prepared’ as a key effectiveness performance indicator in the Report of Government Services (ROGS). Yet, case management has received very little critical research attention, particularly in Australian youth justice contexts. This paper presents findings from a systematic review that examines the efficacy of case management in correctional contexts, including youth justice; and includes a summary of the key findings related to case management from the recent major reviews of Australian youth justice systems.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventAustralasian Youth Justice Conference 2019: Contemporary Challenges, Innovative Solutions - Sydney International Convention Centre, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 30 Apr 20192 May 2019
Conference number: 3rd


ConferenceAustralasian Youth Justice Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleAYJC 2019
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  • youth justice
  • case management
  • rehabilitation

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