Targeting early contact with the criminal justice system in young people

This project is embedded within the NSW Child Development Study and uses its framework to identify early life risk factors, developmental mediators and outcomes associated with criminal justice system contact for young people. The project will focus on first police contact, as a victim, witness or offender, as a potential means of identifying young people at-risk of a wide range of adverse life outcomes. It will build on an existing large population-based intergenerational cohort, the NSW Child Development Study, to inform the development of services and interventions aimed at preventing young people becoming enmeshed in the criminal justice system.

This project leverages population data from the NSW Child Development Study, a longitudinal study of a state-wide population of children (N=~87,000) and their parents, for whom successive waves of record linkage from multiple government departments are combined with information from teacher- and child-reported cross-sectional surveys completed at ages 5 and 11 years respectively.

This project has received funding from the Australian Research Council (Discovery Projects Grant DP170101403; 2017-19)