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Juvenile Justice Summit

Planning has commenced for the Juvenile Justice Summit, providing networking opportunity to discuss critical issues in Juvenile Justice.
Swissotel Sydney | 4-5 May 2017

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Book 3 delegates and receive the 4th delegate pass at no cost - See pricing below


The 6th Juvenile Justice Summit will take place on 4-5 May 2017 at the Swissotel Sydney.

The two day conference is a great opportunity to meet with like-minded professionals and learn about innovation and best practice in the field of youth justice. Through a series of program case studies, policy related papers and research findings, discussions will revolve around intervention, diversion, rehabilitation, risk assessment, staff training and indigenous youth programs, among other topics.

The conference provides a networking opportunity to discuss critical issues in Juvenile Justice.




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8:30 am

Registration and Welcome Coffee

8:55 am

Administration and Safety Briefing

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Janet Wight, Director, Youth Advocacy Centre Inc.


9:10 am

  • What is the current data telling us for Victoria?
  • Effective strategies and programs being employed
  • What more needs to be done?

9:45 am

Building Positive Relationships between Youths and NSW Police

Assistant Commissioner Jeff Loy APM, Northern Region Commander, NSW Police Force

10:20 am

Morning Tea


10:50 am

  • Joint effort between Darebin Council, Victoria Police, security and Northland centre management
  • Objective to engage and support young people involved in crime and anti-social behaviour
  • The collaborative effort has seen a reduction in crime and uptake in services and employment opportunities

11:25 am

Case Study - Youth on Track Program

Mandy Loundar, Principal Project Officer, Youth on Track, NSW Department of Justice

12:00 pm


1:00 pm

Case Study - Save the Children Australia’s Tasmanian Juvenile Justice Program

Lisa Cuatt, State Manager – Tasmania, Save the Children

1:35 pm

Case Study - Children’s Court Assistance Scheme – Supporting Youths through the Court System

Tracey Young, Co-Ordinator, Children’s Court Assistance Scheme


2:10 pm

  • Causes of youth homelessness
  • Current prevention strategies Mission Australia are employing to combat this issue

2:45 pm

Afternoon Tea

3:05 pm

The physical design of juvenile detention facilities in Australia varies widely. Most recently there appears to be a growing emphasis on more security-orientated approaches – physical design that is cold, conservative and hard. But what impact does physical design have in juvenile justice centres? This presentation will explore this question drawing on the literature on correctional design and a detailed study that investigated the influence of physical design on the impressions of staff and detainees within Australian juvenile detention facilities. Drawing on some local examples, an argument is made that the security-orientated approach to physical design may actually be precipitating behavioural and cultural problems in juvenile detention facilities. We conclude by reflecting on some of the more effective models of correctional facility design and considering their relevance to Australian Juvenile justice facilities.

3:40 pm

  • Current practice
  • Damaging effects
  • Learning from international practice

4:15 pm

  • Detention of children and young people – what does it achieve?
  • What are the alternatives?

This time gives attendees an opportunity to have a focused discussion looking at the alternatives to youth justice detention. Led by the conference chair this time can be used to engage with peers and discuss ideas for ‘Rethinking the Norm’. The Chair will ask that those willing share their thoughts and ideas.

4:50 pm

CLOSING | Opening remarks from the Chair

5:00 pm

End of day 1 and networking drinks

8:30 am

Registration and Welcome Coffee

8:50 am

Administration and Safety Briefing

8:55 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Danielle McKeown, In house counsel, Youth Crime, Victoria Legal Aid


9:00 am

  • Negative interactions with the justice system have the potential to cause harm to the psychological wellbeing of young people, their families and communities. This is the principle at the heart of ‘therapeutic jurisprudence’.
  • From this perspective we can conceptualise an alternative approach to young people involved with the justice system, one that places the principle of ‘do no harm’ at the front and centre of all interactions.
  • An approach to youth justice framed by a ‘do no harm’ ethos (underpinned by therapeutic jurisprudence principles) becomes one where positive behaviour is modelled throughout the community and young people are given power – as emerging adult citizens – and support to create positive futures for themselves.
  • Drawing on case studies, this presentation will elaborate what such an approach might look like in practice.

9:35 am

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Working with Youth Offenders

Janet Wight, Director, Youth Advocacy Centre Inc.

10:10 am

  • Over representation of young people appearing before the Children’s Court with drug/alcohol/mental health issues, many of whom are not accessing treatment
  • Observations of the youth justice systems and drug/alcohol/mental health treatment services ranging from secure residential treatment to outreach services observed overseas (Sweden, England, Scotland and New Zealand) on my Churchill Fellowship
  • Recommendations for the introduction of a new treatment order (Youth Therapeutic Order) in our criminal justice and child protection systems which would involve early intervention (including education and training at therapeutic residential facilities), the establishment of a Youth Drug Court and cross over list

10:45 am

Morning Tea

11:15 am

This paper will focus on the growing body of evidence that the detention of children is less effective and more expensive than community-based programs. It will canvass alternative options such as the Youth Koori Court, Justice Reinvestment, and the Young Offenders Act.

11:50 am

The Role of Education in a Recidivism Reduction Strategy

Dr Helen Farley, Associate Professor, University of Southern Queensland

12:25 pm

  • The Parkville College model
  • The future
  • The Educational Justice Initiative

1:00 pm


1:50 pm

  • Established by UN General Assembly resolution, the Global Study will provide an international picture of the situation of children deprived of liberty.
  • International Social Service Australia will coordinate Australia’s civil society report for the Global study. This report will document the current situation in Australia, and will also identify good practice and recommendations for reform.
  • This work seeks to ensure that Australia’s approach to juvenile justice upholds the human rights of children in conflict with the law.

2:25 pm

Structured family interventions can be a powerful factor in reducing offending among young people, however, they are rarely offered in youth justice settings. This presentation reports on a project in which youth justice workers in NSW provided collaborative family work to young people and their families. The project, known as ANTS, showed consistently positive outcomes for the young people, family members and youth justice staff.

3:00 pm

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a condition characterised by lifelong cognitive, physical and behavioural impairments that can greatly increase an affected youth’s risk of engaging with the justice system. This presentation will discuss the processes and preliminary findings of the first FASD prevalence study to take place within an Australian juvenile detention centre, and the translational outcomes which have relevance to all aspects of youth justice.

3:35 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

3:40 pm

Roundup discussion and Afternoon tea

4:00 pm

End of day 2 and close of conference


Packages Price
Package(Two Days) $1595+GSTEarly Bird
  • Book 3 delegates and receive the 4th delegate pass at no cost. To take advantage of this offer, call us today on 02 9080 4307 or email
    Note: All delegates must be from the same company and register at the same time to qualify.

Sponsorship Enquiry

The National Juvenile Justice Summit is a major gathering of government agencies, not for profit organisations, academia and legal representatives working in the youth justice sector. Whether your goal is to showcase thought leadership, make new contacts, introduce products and services or to establish and maintain your prominence in the industry, we offer a range of Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities to meet your specific objectives. To enquire about how you could get involved or to discuss branding sponsorship packages please contact Samantha Lister: or phone – 02 9080 4432


Janet Wight

Director, Youth Advocacy Centre Inc.

Judge Amanda Chambers

President, Children’s Court of Victoria

Assistant Commissioner Jeff Loy APM

Northern Region Commander, NSW Police Force

Stephanie Preston

Community Safety Officer, Darebin City Council

Mandy Loundar

Principal Project Officer, Youth on Track, NSW Department of Justice

Lisa Cuatt

State Manager – Tasmania, Save the Children

Tracey Young

Co-Ordinator, Children’s Court Assistance Scheme

Ben Carblis

State Director – NSW and ACT, Mission Australia

Dr Rohan Lulham

Research Fellow, Designing Out Crime Research Centre


Dr Elizabeth Grant

Senior Research Fellow, University of Adelaide

Danielle McKeown

In house counsel, Youth Crime, Victoria Legal Aid

Dr Diana Johns

Lecturer in Criminology, School of Social & Political Sciences, University of Melbourne

Jennifer Bowles

Magistrate, Churchill Fellow 2014

Judge Peter Johnstone

President, Children’s Court of NSW

Helen Farley

Associate Professor, University of Southern Queensland

Matthew Hyde

Principal of Schools, Parkville College

Dr Wendy O’Brien

Researcher/Senior Lecturer in Criminology, International Social Service Australia/Deakin University

Professor Chris Trotter

Director Monash Criminal Justice Research Consortium, Social Work Department, Monash University Caulfield

Clinical Associate Professor Raewyn Mutch

Senior Research Fellow, Telethon Kids Institute

Hayley Passmore

PhD Candidate, Telethon Kids Institute

when & where

04 - 05 May 2017

Swissotel Sydney
68 Market Street
Sydney NSW 2000
02 9238 8888

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Still have a question?

Niamh Horan
Conference Producer
+61 (02) 9080 4138

Samantha Lister
Sponsorship Manager
+61 (02) 9080 4432

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