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The Exploring the pathways to contact with juvenile justice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children: developing a profile of the risk and protective factors to support a strategy for change project seeks to develop a profile of the developmental, health, socio-economic, racial and demographic factors associated with risk, protective and resilience factors that contribute to juvenile delinquency in Indigenous children.
This project will explore and identify the protective factors that prevent a child from coming into contact with the justice system, and also identify factors or interventions that are effective in diverting children away from juvenile delinquency. Identifying these factors will inform a model and rationale for producing policy and programs that have the capacity to divert children from early contact with the criminal justice system.
The study is part of the broader Telethon Kids Institute initiative, Developmental pathways in WA children project, which is investigating the pathways to health and wellbeing, education, disability, child abuse and neglect, and juvenile delinquency outcomes among WA children and youth. It is hoped that the research outcomes will have a positive impact on future government agency policies, practice and planning initiatives, and cross-agency collaboration, ensuring improved health, well-being and development of children and youth, their families and their communities.
Abstract adapted from Telethon Kids Institute
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