Juvenile Justice administers youth justice conferences under Part 5 of the Young Offenders Act 1997. Police and courts refer young people for youth justice conferences when they have committed eligible offences that are too serious for warnings or cautions, or they have exceeded the maximum number of cautions available to them.
Conferences bring young offenders, their families and supporters face-to-face with victims, their supporters and police to discuss the crime and how people have been affected. Other experts and respected members of the community may also be invited to participate. Together, they agree on a suitable outcome that can include an apology, reasonable reparation to victims, and steps to reconnect the young person with their community to help them desist from further offending.
Youth justice conferencing is administered from 17 community offices across NSW. Conferences are facilitated by convenors: individuals who live and work in local communities and are engaged by contract on a case by case basis.
Services provided by youth justice conferencing include: