A ten-point evidence-based plan for investment to address youth offending

We summarise our ten-point plan to address youth offending in our Orange Paper 2.

Below is the executive summary from the paper.

Executive Summary from OP2 - A ten-point evidence-based plan for
investment to address youth offending

YAC’s 10 point plan for investment is based on the need to do as much as possible to keep children out of, or prevent them coming back into, the youth justice system, addressing both the issue of effective and responsible use of taxpayer dollars and also that of community safety:

  1. Support families early but also throughout adolescence
  2. Address housing and homelessness issues for families and children and young people
  3. Keep children and young people engaged in education: in particular, look for alternatives to suspension and exclusion
  4. Increase provision of mental health services for children and young people with moderate to high mental health
    needs
  5. Increase provision of detox and rehab facilities for children and young people
  6. Enable access to mentors
  7. Enable access to youth appropriate activities and space
  8. Support local communities to develop responses to address local issues which are putting their young people at risk of breaking the law
  9. Provide an intensive, individualised therapeutic response for those in detention
  10.  Give priority support to those most vulnerable: Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children and young people and children in the care of the State.

YAC seeks an all-party approach to youth offending and youth offenders which is evidence- based, balanced and
provides consistent, long-term policy and practice for the benefit of the young people concerned and the community
overall.

"When a flower doesn’t bloom –
you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower"

-Alexander den Heijer

Contact YAC

Street address: Level 4, 16 Peel Street, South Brisbane Q 4101

Mailing address: Level 4, 16 Peel Street, South Brisbane Q 4101

Tel: (07) 3356 1002

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