On the Justice Solutions international tour in search of better juvenile justice approaches

Delegates from Jesuit Social Services’ Executive team and Board have been on an international research trip to explore innovative and sustainable solutions to youth and adult justice issues.

Throughout June 2017, the Justice Solutions tour investigated justice policy, systems, facilities and advocacy in the UK, Germany, Norway, Spain and the United States. They report here on some of the options they visited.

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Voluntary Action – reflections on Volunteering Victoria’s conference: the ‘Power of Association’.

Social Policy Whisperer Professor Paul Smyth reflects on the recent Volunteering Victoria annual conference and its attempts to reframe volunteering not as a replacement to the welfare state but as central to the workings of a good society - at risk from the encroaching role of for-profit players in historically not-for-profit environments.

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Book Review: The Politics of Evidence: From Evidence-Based Policy to the Good Governance of Evidence by Justin Parkhurst

In The Politics of Evidence: From Evidence-Based Policy to the Good Governance of EvidenceJustin Parkhurst provides a detailed synthesis of the debates surrounding evidence-based policy (EBP) as well as a governance framework for managing EBP. This is a comprehensive overview of the advantages and limitations of this approach that offers constructive insight into ensuring the judicious and careful use of evidence, writes Andrew Karvonen.

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The need for human rights informed and victim focused responses to modern slavery in Australia

Globally, as many as 45 million people are subjected to some form of modern slavery or slavery like practices including human trafficking, servitude, forced labour, forced or servile marriage, the sale and exploitation of children, and debt bondage. It is estimated 4300 of those are within Australia’s borders.

As the federal government deliberates whether Australia should adopt a Modern Slavery Act, Jacki Holland from Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand notes that while slavery may not be seen as big an issue in Australia as it is in other countries, it is a problem, and responses to this need to be human rights informed and victim focused.

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The value of a home cooked meal: Economic theory and productive and non-productive work

Tanya Corrie of Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand facilitated the recent Good Conversation – Economic Frameworks and Women’s Human Rights. The panel discussion concerned gender equity and the limits of economics in examining public policy and welfare. This is an edited version of Tanya’s introduction to the event.

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