Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course examines the theories, processes, practices, people and institutions involved in the Australian juvenile justice system. It explores the social and political context of juvenile justice issues and highlights the impact of class, gender and ethnicity on young people who encounter the juvenile justice system and its representatives. It covers the experiences of First Nations youth, ethnic youth, young women, and young people with difficult behaviours within the system of juvenile justice. The course will cover the way policy and practice interact in context by analysing a range of areas including the role of youth/corrections workers, youth conferencing, the courts and the diversion of young offenders.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2021.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Communicate an understanding of the history, processes and contemporary dimensions of juvenile justice

2. Critique the different theoretical positions and models of juvenile justice

3. Explain and critique the role and impact of the courts, media and police in the diversion of young offenders

4. Analyse and critique human service practice approaches with young people in juvenile justice settings

5. Demonstrate knowledge of current policies, service delivery systems, and programs directed at young people


This course will include the following topics:

  • History of Juvenile Justice in Australia
  • Theories of Juvenile Offending and Issues in Contemporary Juvenile Crime
  • Structure, Institutions and Models of Juvenile Justice
  • Legislation and policing the young
  • Sentencing and regulating youth deviance
  • Youth conferences, diversion and restorative justice
  • Working with young offenders: Models of Practice
  • Class and Community
  • Child Welfare, Child Protection and Juvenile Justice
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender


If you have successfully completed SPSW3404 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

40 units at 1000 level

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment - 20%

Exhibition / Poster: Juvenile Justice Practice - 40%

Written Assignment: Case Planning Scenario - 40%

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.