Strengthening the foundations of our youth justice system and reinstating the approaches that will make our communities safer.
Investing more in the programs proven to work, such as early intervention, local community initiatives and education.
Providing support of the highest quality to young people in trouble to prevent further crime and improve outcomes.
Develop a ten year plan, backed up with investment for the Victorian youth justice system including:
Start locally with long-term investment in place-based solutions to tackle disadvantage, including justice reinvestment.
Step in early to support kids in trouble, to keep them safe and connected to school, family, culture and community:
Strengthen pathways to specialist training and employment programs to give young people purpose, stability and opportunity.
Continue to strengthen diversion opportunities with a focus on rehabilitation and restorative justice for all young people at each point in the justice system.
Avoid unnecessary detention through a focus on housing and alternatives to remand.
Break the cycle of crime with more intensive support for the small number of high-risk young offenders.
Strengthen in-prison and transition support to set kids up for success when they return to the community.
Strengthen the capability of the workforce to address the complex needs of young offenders.
Introduce a minimum qualification standard for the workforce.