The use of police cautions and youth justice conferences in NSW in 2010                

 
Author(s) Moore, Elizabeth 

Title

The Use of Police Cautions and Youth Justice Conferences in NSW in 2010 

Source

Crime and Justice Statistics Bureau Brief, Issue Paper 73, December 2011 BOCSAR  

Date

2011

Document type

Brief

Coverage Australia (NSW)

Summary

The introduction of the Young Offenders Act 1997 in NSW was intended to divert young people between the ages of 10 and 17 years away from court by formally guiding police in the hierarchical use of warnings, cautions and youth justice conferencing.   Some more serious and repeat offences are excluded from the diversionary provisions of the legislation, but little is known about young people that may have received multiple police cautions and participated in multiple youth justice conferences.  

Statistics drawn from the NSW Re-Offending Database for 2010 were examined in an attempt to ascertain whether the Young Offender's Act is being appropriately applied in relation to the nature of the offences being diverted and the hierarchical approach to police intervention..

Keywords

Children; youth; young people; restorative justice; conferencing; cautions

Topic

Children