Since 2006, the CJRC has undertaken over 33 major studies and received more than $3.3 million in funding and in-kind support for a range of criminal justice studies, evaluations and reviews. These projects showcase our expertise across topics ranging from children crossing over from child protection into youth justice systems, children of prisoners, the impact of criminal records checks, practice skills in youth and adult criminal justice, family work models in youth justice, and ageing in prison. The CJRC has also delivered a range of consultancies to criminal justice agencies in Australia (including across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland Western Australia) and internationally (e.g. Jersey (UK), New Orleans and Minnesota (US), Ottawa (Canada), and Taiwan.
The CJRC is currently hosting the following funded research projects:
- 2022-2024: Mapping the needs of children affected by parental imprisonment (Community funding - SHINE for Kids)
- 2021-22: Disability Royal Commission (Commissioned Research): Care criminalisation of young people with disability in child protection systems.
- 2020-22: Criminology Research Grant (Australian Institute of Criminology): Children’s Court responses to young offenders: provisions and outcomes for 10 to 13 year-old children charged with offending
- 2019-21: Discovery Early Career Research Award (Australian Research Council): Dual Child Protection and Youth Justice Clients: Expanding the evidence base.
- 2018-20: Linkage Grant (Australian Research Council): Towards an effective practice model for youth detention.
|Mapping the needs and experiences of children affected by parental imprisonment (Flynn et al. 2023)|
|Research Report - Care Criminalisation of Children with Disability in Child Protection Systems. Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (2022, Baidawi, S., Ball, R., Newitt, R., Turnbull, L., Kembhavi-Tam, G., Avery, S., & Sheehan, R.)|
|'Crossover' Children in the Youth Justice and Child Protection Systems (2020) Susan Baidawi and Rosemary Sheehan|
|Imprisoned fathers: responding to a growing concern (2019) Edited text (Catherine Flynn, Social Work & Michelle Butler – Criminology, Queens University Belfast)|
|Children of Prisoners (2015) Edited text (Anna Eriksson - Criminology & Catherine Flynn - Social Work).|
- 2020: Maintaining family contact during COVID-19: Describing the experiences and needs of children with a family member in prison. SHINE for Kids.
- 2019: Marngoneet Inside Parenting review. Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation.
- 2017: Shine for Kids Interviews. Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation.
- 2017: Corrections Victoria Research And Evaluation Panel Project . Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation.
- 2017: Victorian Department of Justice and Regulation: Observation Study Of Administration Of General Risk Assessment Tools.
- 2017: Eternity Aid: Researching The Impact Of An In-School Filial Therapy Program.
- 2017: Eternity Aid NSW: Evaluation of Eternity Aid Program in Bourke NSW.
- 2017: NSW Department of Justice: Evaluation Of An Effective Practice Model For Youth Detention In NSW.
- 2016-20: Criminology Research Grant (Australian Institute of Criminology): Cross-over kids: Effective responses to children and young people in the youth justice and statutory child protection systems
- 2015: The Sax Institute for NSW Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network. Managing the health of an ageing prison population:A review of the challenges to be addressed by effective models of care.
- 2015: Victorian Department of Justice: Literature review: Best practice with women offenders.
- 2015: Queensland Department of Justice: Developing EBP in Queensland Youth Justice.
- 2013: Victorian Department of Justice. Community Work – A systematic literature review on best practice in community work.
- 2012: Victorian Department of Justice. Evaluation of Interactive Journaling Workbooks.
- 2012:Victorian Department of Justice. Evaluation of services for women exiting prison in Victoria.
- 2012: Helen McPherson Smith Trust grant: Young People Transitioning from Out-of-Home Care in Victoria: Strengthening support services for dual clients of Child Protection and Youth Justice
- 2011-14: ARC Linkage Project grant: Collaborative Family Work in Youth Justice: A model for reducing recidivism in young offenders
- 2011-15: ARC Linkage Project grant: The Impact of Incarceration on Children's Care: A Strategic Framework for Good Care Planning.
- 2010: Legal Services Board (Vic) Major Grant: An examination of the impact of unpaid fines on disadvantaged groups and the criminal justice system - towards a best practice model
- 2010-12: ARC Linkage Project grant: Ageing in prison: A strategic framework for the management of ageing offenders in the Australian criminal justice system
- 2008: ARC Linkage Project grant: Applying Human Rights Legislation in Closed Environments: A Strategic Framework for Managing Compliance
- 2009: ARC Linkage Grant: Living down the past: Criminal record checks and access to employment for ex-offenders
- 2008: Legal Service Board: Lawful correction or child abuse: Clarifying the boundaries, sanctions and decision-making surrounding the physical discipline of children