Call for Papers: Indigenous young people, crime and justice conference

Call for Papers: Indigenous young people, crime and justice conference

Abstracts of papers due 10 July 2009.

The Australian Institute of Criminology is Australia’s national research and knowledge centre on crime and justice. The Institute seeks to promote justice and reduce crime by undertaking and communicating evidence-based research to inform policy and practice.

From Monday 31 August – Tuesday 1 September 2009 the AIC in partnership with the NSW Commission for Children and Young People, the NSW Attorney-General’s Department and the Australian Human Rights Commission, will host a national conference on Indigenous young people, crime and justice at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Parramatta.

The conference website is at:

About the conference

The overrepresentation of Indigenous young people in the criminal justice system has been identified as one of Australia’s most significant social problems (Snowball 2008). The AIC’s latest report on juveniles in detention showed that Indigenous young people were 21 times more likely to be detained than non-Indigenous young people (Taylor 2007). Although substantial efforts have been made to reduce this overrepresentation, little has been achieved in this regard.

This conference aims to identify and share the research and practice most relevant to addressing this problem. It has a major focus on Indigenous children and young people who interact with the criminal justice system early and/or repeatedly, who are likely to have complex needs and require highly targeted and joined up responses across the justice and other interrelated systems such as education, child protection, family support, and cultural services.

Contributions are invited from participants that progress knowledge and practice relevant to the themes above, from a range of sectors including justice, child protection, education, family services and cultural services. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

* What are the facts, trends and future outlooks relevant to Indigenous children and young people who interact with the criminal justice system early and/or repeatedly?

* What are the drivers of the high rates of Indigenous young people’s contact with the criminal justice system, both at the individual and systemic levels?

* What are the needs (e.g. early/long offending histories, homelessness, substance abuse, disability, family breakdown)and capacities (e.g. personal , family and community support) of Indigenous children and young people who interact with the criminal justice system early and/or repeatedly that are relevant to addressing their contact with the system?

* Current primary (early intervention), secondary (diversion from the justice system) and tertiary (reintegration post contact with the justice system) programs that identify and focus on preventing Indigenous children and young people interacting with the criminal justice system early and/or repeatedly.

Contributions are also invited from Indigenous filmmakers and /or dance, theatre, music, or other visual and/or performing arts acts or groups, to perform or otherwise present a creative piece or pieces, related to the theme, at the conference. Audio-visual equipment is available at the conference venue. Specific needs may be discussed with Mercedes Mendoza (see contact details below). Preparing an abstract

The abstract should outline the subject of the presentation in no more than 250 words. Additionally, it should include a concise title, and the full names, addresses, phone/facsimile numbers and email addresses of all authors. The presenting author should be underlined. A brief personal biography (maximum 100 words) from the presenting author must also be included with the abstract. Please do not include any acknowledgements, figures or references in the abstract. Submitting an abstract

Abstracts must be submitted using the conference abstract submission form.[ ]

Additional Information: Provide details of papers you have presented in the past (i.e. paper title, conference location and date of presentation). Note to authors

A committee will consider all abstracts for potential inclusion in the conference program.

Authors of accepted papers are expected to register and attend the full conference. All expenses associated with this are to be covered by the presenter. Presenters will be notified via email if their abstract has been accepted for the conference.

Submissions close Friday 10 July 2009

Enquiries should be directed to:
Mercedes Mendoza
Communications and Events Officer,
Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT 2601

Tel: 02 6260 9272
Fax: 02 6260 9299
Web site: