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NCJ Number: 165383 Find in a Library
Title: Working With Young Women Conference: Some Conclusions (From ... And When She Was Bad? Working With Young Women in Juvenile Justice and Related Areas, P 105-109, 1996, Christine Alder and Margaret Baines, eds. -- See NCJ-165370)
Author(s): B B Howard
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies
Hobart Tasmania 7001, Australia
Sale Source: National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies
Youth Sales Australia
GPO Box 252C
Hobart Tasmania 7001,
Type: Conference Material
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This summary of group discussions at the Australian conference, "Working with Young Women in Juvenile Justice and Related Areas" (Melbourne, July 1995), focuses on legislation, policy, program development, service delivery, and future directions.
Abstract: The conference discussants viewed the Australian juvenile justice system as based and operated upon predominantly masculine assumptions. The relatively small numbers of young women in the juvenile justice system provide little incentive for policymakers to focus on the distinctive needs and issues related to young women. Conference participants also concluded that female juveniles involved in the welfare system are at higher risk for intervention by the juvenile justice system, particularly regarding petty delinquencies. Discussants concluded that there is a blurring of the distinctions between welfare and justice areas, with resulting confusion over responsibilities regarding young women. Service delivery to young women in the justice system is impeded by policymakers and staff members who view women's capabilities, vocational roles, and social roles stereotypically. Consequently, young women receive little help in expanding their social and vocational opportunities. Regarding program development, conference participants focused on staff training as essential in developing an awareness of cultural differences and methods of working with these differences. The inadequacy of complaints procedures in juvenile institutions for females was an area of particular concern among discussants. Regarding legislation, discussants recommended that legislation relevant to young women be based on social justice (not oppressive) principles, respectful of privacy and confidentiality, and sensitive to the role and rights of the victims. Strategies for future directions in improving the management and treatment of women in the juvenile justice system are outlined. 4 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile justice policies
Index Term(s): Complaint processing; Female juvenile delinquents; Female status offenders; Foreign juvenile justice systems; Legislation; Services effectiveness
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