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Young People Connected - Plain Text
Young People Connected. Communities Protected - Plain text version
Providing vulnerable young people with connected supports, programs and services.
Three key themes:
- Strengthen connections with Aboriginal communities
- Form a transparent and accountable state-wide response
- Create an accessible suite of services supported by collaborative research and evidence.
Aboriginal Community Support
- Family and community want opportunities to connect and collaborate with culturally appropriate services and supports including links to elders.
- Young people want to become positive role models for others.
- Supports and advocates acknowledge the complexity of issues young people face.
- Alternative options to custody are a key priority across the sector.
- Better connections are required across the system with a call for clear roles and responsibilities across agencies and supports.
- Young people want consistent transition support (eg while returning to school)
- Family and peers play an important role in a young person’s life pathway.
- Young people and their support networks value local, accessible options.
- Sector partners highlighted the need to work differently with 8-14 year olds.
- Supported accommodation options can provide a place of safety and connection.
- More diversion options are required (eg for SAPOL and Courts).
Young People's Wellbeing
- Emphasis must be placed on building young people’s resilience.
- Young people want supports outside of standard hours.
- Supports and services must be inclusive.
- Different and faster sentencing options need exploration.
- Education is a key protective factor.
- Young people want independent living skills and supports, and tools to advocate for their own needs.
- Prioritising staff wellbeing builds a healthy workforce.
- Focus on building the relationships across agencies is key to effective service delivery.
- More Aboriginal training and employment pathways are required.
- A call for professional development, training and mobility opportunities.
- Innovative partnerships across Commonwealth, state and local government, the private and NGO and university sectors are required.
Reconnection with Community
- The need to balance community safety and Victims’ rights with young people’s supports.
- Service coordination, family and community connections are key to successful transitions.
- Strong communication strategy required to counter deficit perception of young people in the justice system.
- Pre and post mandate supports require strong partnerships.
- Pathways to training and employment are key.
- High quality data will support development of shared KPIs.
- Strong recording and reporting mechanisms enable information sharing.
- Innovative use of technology will assist connections.
- Early identification of young people at risk (eg through school and DCP) can facilitate desistance and diversion.
- Funding of appropriate programs for Youth Justice clients requires strategic coordination.