About youth justice
The goal of youth justice is to provide a fair and balanced response to young people in contact with the youth justice system. This response holds young people accountable for their actions, encourages their reintegration into the community and promotes community safety.
Youth justice services
Youth justice services are responsible for supervising young people involved in the youth justice system. Youth justice staff will work with young people and their family to address the factors that contribute to their offending behaviour and encourage young people to build positive connections with their community.
In addition to assisting young people to meet the statutory requirements of their court order, youth justice services engage young people in a range of programs to address the diverse risks and needs present in their lives. The interventions provided to young people involved in the youth justice system are across four categories including:
Court Orders and Bail Support
Offence Focussed Intervention
Individual youth justice service centres run many programs aimed at preventing young people from reoffending. These include programs to help young people build connections with their communities, learn about the consequences of their offending and increase their skills and confidence.
Services are delivered through 16 youth justice service centres across the state. The purpose-built centres are an outcome of the Government's blueprint for implementation of the Crime and Misconduct Commission's recommendations, "Protecting Children: An Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Foster Care".