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Preventing and diverting children and young people from offending

Chris Graveson
IJJO. V International Conference on juvenile justice. London 2012.


The purpose of this paper is to provide practical information based on my New Zealand and International experience to those who are working in, or are considering developing, Diversion practices for children in conflict with the law. [1]


Coming from New Zealand I see it as appropriate that this workshop is named “Diversion and alternative measures: international practices” as in New Zealand Diversion is known as “Alternative Action” which I will explain further in this paper.  In the title of my paper I have used the term children and young persons which are terms used in the New Zealand youth justice system but for the purpose of this paper I will use the term “juvenile”.[2]


[1] The “experience” in relation to RJJ Conferencing includes policy and legislation development, advising on operational issues, assisting research, giving legal guidance to juvenile justice practitioners and raising points of law in the Juvenile and Appeal Courts.

[2] The Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989 defines a ‘child’ as being a boy or girl under 14 years of age and a ‘young person’ as being a boy or girl aged 14 but under 17 years who has not been married or in a civil union.


National - New Zealand

Year Language

2012 English

Category Type

Grey Literature Paper


Justice, Juvenile, Prevention


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