Source: (1994) Adelaide Law Review 16(2):285-307.

This article discusses South Australiaís Young Offenders Act 1993. The author reviews the historical context of the lawís passage and considers the ideology and conceptual foundations of the Act in relation to internal standards of protection for the rights of young people. The abolition of the Youth Aid Panels and the implementation of family group conferences in their stead is considered. The position of power imbalance occupied by youth in society create the danger that this approach could be fundamentally scarring and alienating rather than healing and reintegrative.