Who we work with

Empathy, respect and compassion are essential for fully comprehending the complexities of the young people we work with every day.

A life before crime

If you work in youth justice, you must be aware of and sympathetic to the complex array of factors that can influence a person's actions and mental state. Many young people in the youth justice system have a history of trauma, abuse and neglect and can present violent and challenging behaviour. 

Our staff work 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, and
  • Homelessness.

Support services

Young people in the youth justice system are given access to a range of programs and services available across the state's youth justice centres. These include education services, health and mental health services, and access to visitors and legal support.

This means our staff regularly collaborate with many other organisations and professionals, including:

  • 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, and
  • Case managers.

Legislation

Legislation underpinning Youth Justice