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New Three-Year Youth Justice State Plan is launched

South Australia has put reconnection with families, communities and culture at the heart of its new three-year Youth Justice State Plan. The Adelaide Youth Training Centre will also be formally renamed as the Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre, meaning ‘new path’ in Kaurna language and reflecting a renewed focus on improved outcomes for young people.

Informed by wide community consultation, Young People Connected, Communities Protected: South Australia’s Youth Justice State Plan 2020-23 outlines actions to provide high quality services that reduce offending, support young people to make positive choices, reduce the overrepresentation of Aboriginal children and young people, recognise and support victims of crime, and at all times consider the best interests and voices of vulnerable children and young people.

While the name ‘Kurlana Tapa’ has been used in association with the Goldsborough Road youth justice campus since it opened in 2012, a formal switch to the Kaurna name signals a clear commitment to also tread new pathways.

The practices and mission of the Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre focus on ensuring individuals are equipped with the skills and tools to achieve positive outcomes in the community, embedding strong connections to culture, family and meaningful education. There is also a strong commitment to listen to the voices of young people and their families in decisions that affect them.

A recent report found the rate of Aboriginal children and young people in detention-based youth justice services in our state is now 22 per 10,000 – the lowest level in five years and lower than the national average. Through a contemporary and therapeutic approach to youth justice, the aim is to continue to reduce those rates.

The new plan provides an opportunity to work together on driving change toward a contemporary, efficient and effective system that delivers positive, connected and culturally appropriate services and outcomes for children and young people.

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