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NCJ Number: 204815 Find in a Library
Title: Current Research and Practice with Risk-need Assessment in NSW Juvenile Justice
Author(s): Anthony P. Thompson
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This paper presents an overview of the progress and related research in utilizing a structured approach in assessing risk assessment and needs of juvenile offenders under the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Juvenile Justice.
Abstract: In conjunction with the Australian Adaptation of the Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory, the New South Wales Department of Juvenile Justice has been involved in a program of research and practice. Over the past 4 years, the NSW Department of Juvenile Justice has accepted the approach of the structured assessment of the risks and needs of juvenile offenders as being fundamentally important in juvenile justice and has adopted this approach through progressively linked research and practice. This paper presents an overview of the NSW Department of Juvenile Justice’s progress and related research. The paper begins with an overview of the theoretical, empirical, professional, and philosophical underpinnings to risk-need assessment. A structured approach to assessing risks and needs rests within a framework that views adverse developmental outcomes as arising from the effect over time of antecedent risk factors. One of the key tenets is that the more risk factors the higher the risk. Risk factors can be biological, social, and psychological. The paper continues and concludes with a look into the Australian adaptation of the Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (YLS/CMI-AA) which culminated from a number of versions of juvenile offender risk-need inventory. It reviews the psychometric properties of the YLS/CMI-AA, the implementation of the YLS/CMI-AA and the ongoing research with the YLS/CMI-AA. References
Main Term(s): Dangerousness
Index Term(s): Australia; Criminality prediction; Juvenile delinquency prediction; Juvenile Delinquency seriousness scales; Juvenile program needs assessment; Juvenile recidivism prediction; Needs assessment; New South Wales
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