A blueprint for rehabilitation-focused juvenile justice centres

This is an interesting article given the recent controversies pertaining to the operation of juvenile justice centres (YJ Centres) in Victoria and the Northern Territory (NT). The aim of the study is: [T]o identify the successful components of interventions in juvenile justice facilities that house delinquent youths. Because these youths present myriad problems ranging from abuse and poor care environment…

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Why Alternative Schools Should Provide Parenting Skills Programs

This study argues that special schools should provide  parenting skills programs to parents of students in an effort to reduce behaviour problems at the school. Behaviour problems are a key reason why children/young people are excluded from school. This is especially true for those in residential care and the youth justice systems. To be excluded from school then reduces their…

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Matching children to foster carers? Only in your dreams!

My heart leapt when I read the title of this article. I thought perhaps we could improve outcomes for children in foster care by better matching them to foster carers. Sadly, I was disappointed. Nonetheless the article’s literature review may be of interest to Practitioners as it provides a summary of the key findings on matching children to foster carers.…

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A powerful beat: Using drumming to treat complex trauma

Practitioners working with traumatised young people are well aware of the importance of patterned repetitive activity (PRA) in treating complex trauma. Two recent publications have focused on the role of drumming or ‘drum therapy’ as a form of PRA: a podcast by Radio National’s ‘All in the Mind’ program called Healing Rhythms a book by Simon Faulkner called Rhythm to…

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