Project Details


Analysis of administrative data on young people's contact with different criminal justice agencies in order to examine if some groups are over-represented. Qualitative interviews to explore possible reasons for system contact.

Key findings

High levels of missing data means statistical analysis of over-representation difficult to ascertain. However, there is some evidence to suggest some groups may be entering at a higher rate. Factors were identified in the risk of repeat contact with the youth justice agency.
Effective start/end date05/03/2021 → …

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • youth justice
  • over-representation
  • Section 75


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