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Connected Youth Justice Connections Map - plain text version

The Connections Map is a diagram showing a beginning point and two diverging paths.

The beginning point is the family.

One path away from the family is a positive path of family strength. It is marked by:

  • growth
  • love
  • learning
  • connection
  • cultural strength
  • wellbeing
  • resilience
  • stability
  • safety
  • self-determination, and
  • hope.

The second path away from the family is one where the person comes into contact with Child Protection and Youth Justice.

This path is marked by:

  • child protection notifications
  • interactions with police
  • appearance in court
  • interaction with youth justice, and finally
  • the adult justice system.

At each of these points along the path, there are opportunities for the journey to be interrupted. These interruptions can be negative or positive.

Negative interruptions are marked by:

  • poverty
  • racism
  • integenerational trauma
  • lack of supports
  • disengagement from education
  • offending
  • lack of engagement with agencies
  • reoffending, and
  • the adult justice system.

These interruptions move the young person further away from their original path of family strength.

Positive interruptions are marked by:

  • culture and respect
  • community support
  • early intervention
  • diversion
  • individualised support
  • through care, and
  • after care.

These interruptions move the young person into interactions with government workers who can support them.

Government workers in health, education, human services, program providers, and industry and skills are all able to provide opportunities for the young person to engage and move back towards the positive path of family strength.

As the young person engages with these government workers, the time comes for the community to also provide support.

Community support increases the young person’s confidence and brings them closer to the positive path of family strength.

This part of the journey is marked with:

  • communities
  • families and homes
  • schools
  • mentors
  • role models
  • trainers, and
  • employers.

The final goal is for the young person to resume their journey on the positive path of family strength.

Behind the diagram is an artwork by Allan Sumner representing connectivity. Everyone involved in the young person's journey needs to work together. Everyone has to be connected.

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05 Jul 2018
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