Who we work with

Young people

Many young people you will work with in youth justice have a history of trauma, abuse and neglect and can demonstrate violent and challenging behaviour.

In youth justice, you may be working with young people who have experienced:

  • Childhood abuse and neglect
  • Exposure to family criminal behaviour
  • Low socio-economic status
  • Substance abuse
  • Mental illness
  • Lack of family and social supports
  • Homelessness

Our workers must be aware of this complex array of factors.

Support services

The youth justice system cannot address youth crime in isolation from other systems such as welfare, drug and alcohol, disability, housing, mental health, education and employment.

Young people in youth justice are provided with access to a range of programs and services available across Victoria’s youth justice centres including education services, health and mental health services, and access to visitors and legal support.

While supporting young people in youth justice you might have contact with:

  • Parkville College
  • Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS)
  • Youth Health and Rehabilitation Service (YHARS)
  • Victoria Police
  • Legal services
  • The Commission for Children and Young People
  • The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
  • Case managers


Legislation underpinning Youth Justice