Christina Tam’s second presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research conference about Do Gender and Child Welfare Involvement Matter?


The key points from this presentation are:

-- Child welfare involved boys and girls are more likely to receive restrictive sentences despite their charges.

-- Child welfare involved girls with a violence charge are most likely to be sentenced to placement.

-- Child welfare involved girls' likelihood of being sentenced to corrections (the most restrictive sentence) is close to comparable to that of boys (child welfare and non-child welfare).

-- For girls and adolescents with child welfare histories who are arrested for the first time, it is important to consider the potential influences of their sentencing since they are at highest risk for becoming further entrenched in the juvenile justice system.



Tam, C., Abrams, L.S., Freisthler, B. Juvenile Justice Sentencing: Do Gender and Child Welfare Involvement Matter?