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Achieving Effective Outcomes in Youth Justice


Achieving Effective Outcomes in Youth Justice. When the present youth justice system was introduced in New Zealand in 1989, including the use of family group conferences, it was a unique innovation. Since that time, other countries have experimented with similar practices. New Zealand remains a world leader, yet there has been relatively little research on its system. Although there is some evidence to suggest that effective family group conferences can affect outcomes for young people, including reducing reoffending, the nature of the best practice that produces effective family group conferences remains a matter of opinion and debate. This research has been designed to identify aspects of practice that will achieve effective outcomes. By Gabrielle Maxwell, Venezia Kingi, Jeremy Robertson, Allison Morris, Chris Cunningham, and Barb Lash.


By Ministry of Social Development, New Zealand.

Law and Order Policy Resource.