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Progress Update Overview

Significant reforms in Youth Justice Services over the last 12 to 18 months include:

  • prohibiting the use of resident-worn spit protection (RWSP)
  • dynamic accommodation model trial at Kurlana Tapa
  • Community Service Order (CSO) Program procurement and transition
  • investment in new technologies (body-worn cameras and installation of body scanners at Kurlana Tapa) to increase the safety of staff, children and young people, and visitors, as well as to reduce the need for partially clothed searches
  • opening of the Aboriginal Cultural Trail and Connection Space at Kurlana Tapa
  • release of the Youth Justice Assessment and Intervention Services Disability Screening
    Assessment report
  • implementation of the early intervention with young men program initiative for young men and young parenting men who use family violence.

A number of independent reviews have been commissioned at the Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre to identify areas for improvement.
Other projects underway include the consolidation of services at the Goldsborough Road campus, Enhanced Support Team pilot, and development of a sensory modulation framework.

Work has also commenced on a Practice Framework alongside the development of the Aboriginal Cultural Framework, encompassing an end-to-end case management model, assessment, intervention and transition. This aims to ensure consistent approaches and strong links to community that are strong enough to last beyond their time in the justice system.

In February 2021, DHS finalised organisational structural changes to align our structure and resources to our priorities and outcomes. Youth Justice Services is now part of the Community and Family Services Division of DHS, led by Ann-Marie Hayes. This gives Youth Justice Services stronger connections with other services, which will lead to better collaboration, more effective service delivery and better outcomes for the people we work with, particularly our focus on reducing the number of Aboriginal children and young people in youth detention, in line with Closing the Gap priority reform areas and targets.

Page last updated : 31 Aug 2021

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