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Youth Justice

Young People and the Law

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Youth Justice Vision

Children and young people in the justice system are inspired to change and positively participate in their community.

Youth Justice Mission

Contribute to community safety by leading collaborative and evidence informed statutory services to children and young people in the justice system to reduce re-offending and acknowledge victims of crime.

Youth Justice, a division of the Department for Human Services, is responsible for contributing to building safer South Australian communities. Youth Justice has statutory responsibility for the supervision of young people subject to a range of criminal justice mandates.

Programs and services within Youth Justice aim to achieve this by supporting children and young people to:

  • desist from offending
  • recognise the impact of their crime on victims
  • access opportunities to participate safely and productively in the community.

The service delivery model for Youth Justice is oriented towards encouraging young people to take responsibility whilst recognising that children and young people have specific developmental needs different to those of adults and consequently require a youth justice response.

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