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Youth Justice Aboriginal Cultural Inclusion Strategy (YJACIS) 2015-2016

YJACIS Vision

Youth Justice service responses and collaborative arrangements embrace diversity in culture and the values of reconciliation to address re-offending and the over representation of Aboriginal children and young people in the justice system.

YJACIS Mission

Enhance the capacity of Youth Justice to deliver culturally competent services and develop strong partnerships with Aboriginal communities and service providers, to support Aboriginal children and young people in the justice system to positively transition back into their community.

Youth Justice Aboriginal Cultural Inclusion Strategy 2015-18 (PDF 175.1 KB)

Youth justice recognises the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and works to strengthen relationships with Aboriginal communities and service providers to support these children and young people in the Youth Justice system. Youth Justice also recognises this is an ongoing across-government need.

The key objectives of the strategy are to strengthen collaborative partnerships with Aboriginal communities and service providers, build a culturally competent Youth Justice workforce, support Aboriginal young people to maintain connection to their family, culture and community and build cultural needs into all aspects of our service response.

Youth Justice has a number of initiatives in place which aim to address the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in detention and in contact with Youth Justice. These include:

  • The development and implementation of a Youth Justice Aboriginal Cultural Inclusion Strategy 2015-18, which includes specific objectives and strategies to strengthen collaborative partnerships and improve family and cultural connection.
  • The establishment of the Youth Justice Aboriginal Advisory Committee (YJAAC) which aims to bring the voice of the Aboriginal community and key partner agencies into decision making processes within Youth Justice. YJAAC provides cultural advice and assists Youth Justice to reach its goals stated in the Youth Justice Aboriginal Cultural Inclusion Strategy 2015-18.
  • Youth Justice assessment tools include cultural engagement mechanisms and consider cultural needs in case management and program responses.
  • Cultural applicability is assessed by the Programs Review Committee for all program delivery at the AYTC.
  • Providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and their family’s access to specialist Aboriginal programs.

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