The focus of the Juvenile Justice Bail Assistance Line (BAL) is to provide an after-hours service for police who are considering granting conditional bail to a young person who is in their custody but who cannot be released as they cannot meet their bail conditions.
The BAL can offer support in locating a parent/guardian and/or locating and transporting the young person from the police station to suitable accommodation. The BAL aims to help young people meet the conditions of their bail and enable them to await their court date within the community, rather than in a detention centre.
To achieve this, services provided from the BAL include:
The BAL operates within the Sydney CBD in the Juvenile Justice Central Office. The BAL offers an after-hours telephone service to the NSWPF. They can contact a 1300 number between 4pm and 3am, 365 days a year and speak directly with a Juvenile Justice Bail Co-ordinator.
During normal business hours the BAL is staffed by the BAL Manager and an Operations Assistant.
Services provided by the BAL include: