The Youth Justice Taskforce developed a multi-agency action plan that identifies several action items that support the department's reform program related to the Working Together Changing the Story: Youth Justice Strategy 2019–2023.
Our reform program is underpinned by 4 key pillars that prevent and respond to youth crime:
- Intervene early
- Keep children out of court
- Keep children out of custody
- Reduce re-offending.
The multi-agency action plan aims to specifically support the fourth pillar – reduce re-offending.
The taskforce is particularly concerned about the group of young people who are identified as high-risk and needing a collaborative response. The taskforce aims to use the multi-agency action plan to embed processes, practices and protocols to better support these young people. The goal is to change the trajectory of young people's offending and improve community safety.
There is a meaningful focus on addressing and supporting the specific needs of young Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples who are over-represented in the youth justice system.
Multi-agency collaborative panels
Youth Justice will work together with other government and non-government agencies to provide intensive case management and holistic support for those young people identified as high risk or requiring a collaborative response through a multi-agency and multi-disciplinary approach.
Multi-agency information sharing
We must share information between government and non-government organisations to enable the efficient coordination of services to support, rehabilitate and reintegrate children charged with offences.
We have developed a cross-agency memorandum of understanding and arrangement to provide a way for information to be shared.