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:
- Support families early but also throughout adolescence
- Address housing and homelessness issues for families and children and young people
- Keep children and young people engaged in education: in particular, look for alternatives to suspension and exclusion
- Increase provision of mental health services for children and young people with moderate to high mental health
- Increase provision of detox and rehab facilities for children and young people
- Enable access to mentors
- Enable access to youth appropriate activities and space
- Support local communities to develop responses to address local issues which are putting their young people at risk of breaking the law
- Provide an intensive, individualised therapeutic response for those in detention
- 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
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
Bussiness hours: 9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri
If you need urgent assistance outside of these hours:
- Youth Legal Advice Hotline 1800 527 527 (Mon to Thurs 8am - 9pm, Friday 8am to Sunday 5pm)
- Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 (24/7, 365 days per year)
- Lifeline 13 11 14 (24/7, 365 days per year)
- Homelessness Hotline 1800 474 753 (24/7, 365 days per year)
- If you are over 18, and seeking access to Mental Health Services in Queensland, Acute Care Team on 1300 MHCALL (1300 64 2255).