Lost in transition :exploring young people's experiences of transition from youth detention in the ACT : Executive summary

Tim Moore
Vicky Saunders
Morag McArthur
Institute of Child Protection Studies

A report for the ACT Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services

Abstract

In 2007-8, the Institute of Child Protection Studies at Australian Catholic University (ICPS) conducted a research project for the ACT Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services (DHCS) that attempted to develop a better understanding of the experiences of young people transitioning through the youth justice system. This study attempts to develop an understanding of the way that young people experience detention, their transitions back into the community and the ways that the system may achieve better outcomes at each stage of their reintegration. Ultimately, it attempts to answer the key research questions: How do young people experience the transition from detention back to the community? What are the challenges that limit the success of their reintegration?