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ERIC Number: ED537904
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 46
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-7424-9371-8
Children and Young People at Risk of Social Exclusion: Links between Homelessness, Child Protection and Juvenile Justice. Data Linkage Series. Number 13
Aalders, Rachel
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Current research demonstrates relationships between child abuse and neglect, homelessness and criminal activity. This report presents key findings from analysis of a data set linking three community-sector data collections: Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP), juvenile justice supervision, and child protection notifications and substantiations in Victoria and Tasmania. While this project demonstrated that linking these collections is both feasible and worthwhile, the results are limited by data availability (this project used 3 years of SAAP data, 10 years of juvenile justice data, 18 years of Victorian child protection data and 3 years of Tasmanian child protection data). The accumulation of data over multiple years for all sectors would enable the flows between services over the long term to be identified, but despite the data limitations, the results highlight the possibilities for data linkage in these sectors although caution must be used in generalising these findings. Findings include: (1) People with involvement in one of the three sectors are more likely to be involved in another of the sectors than the general population; (2) Young people with a child protection history enter juvenile justice supervision at a younger age; and (3) Young people, particularly young women, completing a detention sentence are at greater risk of homelessness. Cohorts for analysis are appended. A list of abbreviations is included. (Contains 26 figures and 3 tables.)
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. GPO Box 570, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia. Tel: +61-2-6244-1025; Fax: +61-2-6244-1299; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Community and Disability Services Ministers' Advisory Council (Australia)
Authoring Institution: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada (Victoria)