Youth Justice provides a multi-faceted approach to address the needs of the young people in our care.
We aim to provide effective intervention and support to young people who enter the Victorian justice system, ensuring a safer community for all Victorians.
❂ Working together
❂ Making it happen
❂ Respecting other people
❂ Serving the community
❂ Acting with integrity.
❂ where appropriate, support diversion of young people charged with an offence from the criminal justice system
❂ to minimise the likelihood of reoffending
❂ provide supervision and rehabilitation through the provision of case management and other services
❂ work with other services to strengthen community-based options for young people
The department’s Youth Justice Service provides programs and resources to assist these young offenders to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to manage their lives effectively without further offending. Through supervision, offending related programs and linkages to appropriate support services, the youth justice service promotes opportunities for rehabilitation and contributes to the reduction of crime in the community.
Historically, the Department of Health and Human Services has been responsible for the statutory supervision of young people in the criminal justice system. In April 2017 the youth justice portfolio was transferred to the Department of Justice and Regulation (DJR).