What works in OoHC and Youth Justice


About this blog

The objective of my blog is to make the latest research accessible to Child Protection, Out of Home Care (OoHC) and Youth Justice (YJ) professionals and carers (ie referred collectively as ‘Practitioners’). It aims to answer the question of ‘what works’ for families and children involved the child protection and youth justice systems.

The blog promotes accessibility by using plain English, avoiding jargon (especially statistical jargon) and moreover, chunking the research down to ‘bite sized’ bits that Practitioners could read whilst are travelling to work on a train or bus or over their morning coffee.

Who are Practitioners in the child protection, OoHC and YJ systems?

Practitioners in the would include the following professionals:

  • Residential care workers/team leaders/ supervisors etc
  • Foster carers
  • Protective workers
  • Program/policy staff in state child protection/youth justice departments
  • Program/policy staff in Community Service Organisations (eg Life Without Barriers, Wesley Mission, Berry Street Victoria etc)
  • Secure welfare staff
  • Teachers and youth workers who work with YP who live in OoHC/YJ facilities
  • Staff at juvenile remand and detention centres
  • Community based YJ staff who supervise YP o

Other issues

  • The blogs are typically summaries of articles published in peer reviewed journals.
  • The blog is moderated to ensure that the privacy of issues are NEVER compromised.
  • The blog reflects my operating philosophy namely that outcomes for young people in child protection and YJ systems will be improved if we implement evidence based programs.

Avoiding Controversy

Child protection and YJ issues are frequently reported in the media and social media. However, I do will not be blogging on such ’issues of the day’. The objective is to make the latest research available to practitioners- no more or no less. However, I welcome discussion and debate with Practitioners on research issues.

Very much look forward to reading your comments.