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Striking the Balance: Justice, Rights & Community Safety
2013 ACSO Specialist Forensic Conference
Disability - Drugs & Alcohol - Mental Health - Employment

Striking the Balance: Justice, Rights & Community Safety 2013 ACSO Specialist Forensic Conference Disability - Drugs & Alcohol - Mental Health - Employment

7th (workshop) 8th & 9th October (2 day conference)
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

The number of people presenting with a range of complexities, who interface with the criminal justice system has steadily increased every year across Australia. Concurrently, prison numbers regularly reach new records and courts continue to experience lengthy delays in processing complex cases.

The reality is, our fragmented service delivery approach is failing clients who often navigate complex service systems in the community, courts and in a custodial setting. Whilst proposed reforms seek to improve the outcomes for the offending population by enhancing their prospects at reintegration and rehabilitation, the inevitable question is are we 'striking the balance' between justice, support & safety and rights & risks?  

The 2013 ACSO Criminal Justice workshops and conference seeks to engage delegates in discussion and debate around 'striking the balance' between providing community based treatment and support to offenders, whilst mitigating the risks posed by the offender to the community. We invite you to: 

  • debate what works and what does not when it comes to successfully reintegrating people from custody to the community, 
  • explore alternative and/or diversionary options to prison for some offenders, 
  • develop a service delivery model built for improving outcomes for offender's with complex diagnoses and support needs, 
  • build and support cross-sector partnerships in disability, drugs and alcohol, mental health and employment, 
  • learn from leading voices in direct service provision, assessment, treatment and advocacy, who will present on evidence based best practices, 
  • hear from experts in policy-making, research and academia present on data, trends and evaluations of services and programs and service user experiences. 

Who will benefit from participating in the workshops and conference

  • Frontline staff, practitioners, professionals, consumers, community leaders and policy-makers across government, community services and justice sector.