Youth Justice, Child Protection and the Role of the Youth Courts in the Northern Territory

Deborah West, David Heath

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    Abstract

    Child protection and youth justice are two domains which have historically been of strong sociopolitical interest in the Northern Tenitory (NT) of Australia. Within both of these domains, the courts play a central role in the complex systems through which policies become operable. Traditionally, the courts have faced difficult challenges within this context because the remoteness of much of the NT, inconsistent resourcing, cultural diversity and widespread variation in socio-economic outcomes are factors which, through their presence, have contributed to a dynamic policy context that has fluctuated between ideals of care, coercion, punishment and rehabilitation. This chapter explores the role of the courts through both exploration of current and past policies and direct reflection from 44 people who work in child protection and youth justice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAustralia's Children's Courts Today and Tomorrow
    EditorsRosemary Sheehan, Allan Borowski
    Place of PublicationDordrecht, The Netherlands
    PublisherSpringer
    Chapter4
    Pages45-64
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Print)978-94-007-5927-5
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    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    West, D., & Heath, D. (2013). Youth Justice, Child Protection and the Role of the Youth Courts in the Northern Territory. In R. Sheehan, & A. Borowski (Eds.), Australia's Children's Courts Today and Tomorrow (pp. 45-64). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-5928-2_4