Australia's Children's Courts Today and Tomorrow by Rosemary Sheehan (auth.), Rosemary Sheehan, Allan Borowski

By Rosemary Sheehan (auth.), Rosemary Sheehan, Allan Borowski (eds.)

The Children’s court docket is one in all society’s most vital social associations. while, it truly is steeped in controversy. this is often in huge degree as a result endurance and complexity of the issues with which it offers, specifically, juvenile crime and baby abuse and overlook. regardless of the significance of the Children’s court docket as a way of protecting youngsters answerable for their anti-social behaviour and oldsters for the care in their kids, it has now not been the topic of shut examine. definitely it has now not been formerly studied nationally. This publication, an edited assortment, is predicated at the findings of analysis that spanned the six States and Territories of Australia. The examine sought to ascertain the present demanding situations confronted through the Children’s court docket and to spot fascinating and possible instructions for reform in every one country and Territory. an additional particular function of this learn is that it canvassed the perspectives of judges and magistrates who preside over this court.

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The participants were limited in their knowledge of systems and structures which could provide a different way of doing things: this was the key constraint on possibilities for change identified in the ACT. 7 Conclusion This research indicated that in the ACT, there is immense goodwill and commitment to making systems work fairly for children, young people and families to promote the wellbeing and safety of children, young people and the whole community. It was, however, a system that felt it was under enormous pressure with few or little options for dealing with children and young people experiencing severe social distress in their lives.

The criminal jurisdiction of the Children’s Court in the current context is defined primarily by the Children (Criminal Proceedings) Act 1987, the Young Offenders Act 1997 and the Bail Act 1978. 3 Overarching Trends and Concerns In the New South Wales (NSW) study of Australia’s Children’s Courts, a multiinformant qualitative study was conducted, using in-depth interviewing and focus groups. A purposive sample was drawn from a population of NSW members of the Children’s Court and key stakeholders including the President of the Children’s Court, specialist magistrates, solicitors, caseworkers from government and nongovernment agencies, policymakers working in areas relating to the Children’s Court and clinical practitioners (such as psychologists and social workers).

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