Young people and the police: seminar

Published: Monday 31st August 2015

Dr Rachael Green will deliver a Centre for Health and Social Research (CHaSR) seminar on 10 September at the Melbourne Campus on challenges and opportunities that are produced within young people with substances abuse problems and their encounters with police. 

Young people with substance use issues often have a range of issues including frequent contact with law enforcement. While there is systemic emphasis on engaging this vulnerable group in therapeutic programs it is unclear how effectively the system steers young offenders away from adult justice involvement.

This mixed methods study examined the pathways of young people in the AOD treatment system in Melbourne and Sydney and the facilitators and barriers to therapeutic engagement.

This seminar will focus on challenges and opportunities that are produced within young people’s encounters with police. It will explore insights into effective practice approaches that are likely to enhance outcomes for young offenders, but also have potential to assist police in their work.

This study was conducted by researchers at Turning Point, Eastern Health and the Centre for Social Research in Health, University of New South Wales and funded by the National Drug Law Enforcement Fund (Australian Institute of Criminology).

Dr Rachael Green

Over the past ten years Rachael has developed expertise in the development and implementation of mixed methods studies in the alcohol and other drugs field, evaluation of community programs targeting marginalised populations, and health systems research.

She has a particular interest in investigating the needs and appropriate service responses for young people who use alcohol and other drugs and who have other related vulnerabilities. Rachael has been with the CHaSR team at Australian Catholic University since early 2015.

When: Thursday 10 September, 12pm for a 12.30pm start.

Venue: Australian Catholic University, Main Campus, Level 4, Room 18, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy, Melbourne

RSVP: Friday, 4 September, 

Lunch will be provided - please advise of any special dietary requirements when you RSVP.