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In this document “Aboriginal” refers to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Assessment is the systematic collection, review, and purposeful use of client related information which may utilise standardised validated assessment tools, be primarily based on professional discretion, or a combination of both.


Following a period of remand, a court may order a child or young person to be released into the community pending the outcome of the trial. Bail may be supervised or unsupervised.


Family members, guardians or friends who are responsible for the unpaid care of a client.


A person under the age of 18 years.


A sentencing option for courts when a young person is sentenced to serve time in a training centre. South Australia’s only training centre is Kurlana Tapa.

Dual client

A client of both Youth Justice (DHS) and the Department for Child Protection.


An Aboriginal Elder is someone who has gained recognition within their community as a custodian of knowledge, and who has permission to disclose cultural knowledge and beliefs.

Kurlana Tapa

South Australia’s only training centre, which provides a safe and secure environment for young people in custody. Kurlana Tapa means “New Path” in Kaurna language.


A disproportionate representation of a particular cohort, such as Aboriginal children and young people in contact with the youth justice system.


The act of placing in custody a child or young person who is accused of an offence to await trial or the continuation of the trial.


A person of or above the age of 10 years, but under the age of 18 years. In relation to proceedings for an offence, includes a person who was under the age of 18 years on the date of the alleged offence.

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