Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Why are our most vulnerable children turning to crime?

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Charles Sturt University (CSU) researchers have been awarded a national grant to investigate why the Australian welfare and justice systems are turning some of the most vulnerable children into criminals.

Dr Kath McFarlane, Dr Emma Colvin, Associate Professor Alison Gerard from the CSU Centre for Law and Justice and Dr Andrew McGrath from the University's School of Psychology, are examining why children in out-of-home care become involved in crime.

The research group will interview magistrates and judges who deal with vulnerable children to identify reasons for their involvement with the justice system and investigate what can be done about the problem. The team will also review files cases and observe current proceedings in Courts in the Central West, Central Coast and Western Sydney regions in NSW.

The project is funded by the Criminology Research Advisory Council through its Criminology Research Grant program. A report is due to be published in 2018.

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