This study examines the interactions of vulnerable young people with police. It looks at pathways in the service
system as well as systemic issues that may exacerbate involvement in the justice system or act as barriers
to treatment. It aims to support the development of integrated diversion and treatment pathways for 16–21
year olds who offend, are eligible for diversion, and/or require AOD treatment. It focuses on two major cities:
Sydney and Melbourne, and examines the perspectives of AOD professionals and police who work in innercity
precincts, and their clients.