Exploring a cross-over list:- responses to children caught between youth justice and child protection systems

Magistrate Jennifer BowlesDr Susan Baidawi2, Prof. Rosemary Sheehan2
1Churchill Trust, Malvern, Australia

Magistrate Bowles was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to explore options for providing therapeutic treatment services to young people suffering from severe substance misuse issues. One of the recommendations of her Fellowship Report entitled ‘What Can Be Done…’ was the establishment of a crossover list in the Children’s Court of Victoria to ensure a holistic approach is adopted in relation to young people who are the subject of proceedings in both the Criminal and Family (child protection) Divisions of the Court. Magistrate Bowles draws on her observations of the Crossover Court in New Zealand. Magistrate Bowles will discuss the rationale for the recommendation and progress to date.


Biography:

Jennifer Bowles has been a Victorian Magistrate for 20 years. The majority of this time has been spent in the Children’s Court of Victoria. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2014 to explore treatment options for young people suffering from severe substance misuse issues. Magistrate Bowles is an associate researcher regarding the establishment of a ‘crossover list’.

Dr Susan Baidawi is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Social Work, Monash University, Melbourne. Her research spans aspects of the child protection, youth justice and adult justice systems. Her research interests include ageing in prison, and the nexus between child maltreatment, child protection involvement, and youth offending.

Professor Rosemary Sheehan works in the Department of Social Work, Monash University, Melbourne.  She has 17 years’ experience as a Dispute Resolution Convenor in the Children’s Court of Victoria. Professor Sheehanteaches mental health and researches in child welfare and the law, mental health, and corrections responses to women offenders.

 

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