JST204 Young People and Crime (8)

This subject focuses on the interactions of children and young people with the criminal justice system. It examines law, policy and theory with regard to specific areas where criminal justice agencies and welfare agencies interact, primarily in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. It will examine how children and young people are understood and responded to in the criminal justice system, including areas such as crime prevention and juvenile justice.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST204. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Centre for Law and Justice

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed 24288 Crime Delinquency and Social Welfare

Assumed Knowledge

Any level one Justice subject.  

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the concept of 'youth' and the historical foundations of the modern system of juvenile justice and child welfare;
  • be able to provide a general overview of the statutory frameworks governing young people;
  • be able to describe and analyse alternatives to judicially processing young offenders, specifically focusing on pre-trial diversion, cautioning schemes, youth conferencing and other community based prevention and control initiatives;
  • be able to critically analyse the institutional frameworks and principal sites of intervention into the lives of children and young people and discuss the effects of these interventions;
  • be able to articulate their understanding clearly and cogently;
  • be able to use the work of major theorists and authors to inform their understanding;
  • be able to demonstrate a growing professional awareness by being professional in all communications and conduct with academic staff and other students, and through presentation of assignments; and
  • be able to critically reflect on historical and contemporary experiences of Indigenous youth and crime within the juvenile justice system.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Juvenile justice and child welfare in history;
  • Children, juveniles and state intervention: the official picture;
  • Legal grounds for state intervention considering past policy and practice that negatively impacted Indigenous Australian families;
  • Family interventions;
  • Policing juveniles
  • Schooling and juvenile justice
  • Children, young people, punishment and welfare particularly focusing on Indigenous Australian youth;
  • The criminalisation process
  • Contemporary issues and perspectives on the interactions between children and young people with the welfare and criminal justice systems


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.