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Why work in Youth Justice

The staff in Youth Justice have a passion for connecting with young people in the justice system and are committed to making a positive difference in their lives.

We provide early intervention, statutory youth justice and detention services to ensure that young people are held accountable for their offending behaviour.

Values

We are a team of respected community members who share the Youth Justice values of:

  • Purpose: We aim to
    • be a role model for young people and help turn their life around
    • help young people become responsible members of their community
    • help make the community a safer place.
  • Respect: We respect the people we work with—young people, their families, victims and the broader community.
  • Accountability: We strive to be transparent and evidence-based in our work.
  • Innovation: We build on existing work and look for new and innovative ways to reduce youth crime.
  • Support: We value and provide support to staff to achieve our mutual objectives.
  • Embed: We embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural capability in our business.

Vision

Youth Justice staff fulfil our vision to be a world class youth justice system that:

  • effectively reduces youth crime
  • incorporates the principles of trauma-informed practice
  • ensures our programs are evidence-based and evaluated to deliver the expected outcomes.

To do this we aim to:

  • work together to prevent crime
  • act early to reconnect young people to a life without crime
  • support change to new behaviours and a positive future.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Capability Action Plan

We are committed to achieving the vision of the DJAG Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Capability Action Plan 2015-19 . This vision addresses the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people in the youth justice system.

We are focused on delivering programs and practices that:

  • reflect the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people
  • connect young people with their culture
  • recognise the contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and staff make in the lives of young people
  • create more employment and development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • increase the cultural capability of our staff and the way we work with our clients and stakeholders.

The Youth Justice First Nations Action Board provides leadership to make sure our projects, policies and practices are appropriate and provide positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.

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Last reviewed
16 May 2017
Last updated
16 May 2017
 
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