Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University


Through an exploration of the processes and policies of the NSW child welfare system, Dr Kath McFarlane explores the manufacturing of delinquency and children’s involvement in the criminal justice system (termed ‘care-criminalisation’) as experienced by a cohort of children in the NSW Children's Court criminal jurisdiction. The project identifies:

  1. the rates of appearance of children in out of home care (OOHC) before the NSW Children’s Court on criminal charges
  2. whether this appearance rate is disproportionate; and
  3. the factors leading to that over-representation.