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Young People Connected - Plain Text

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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.

Connected Services

  • 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.

Our People

  • 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.

Business Intelligence

  • 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.

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