In February 2013, the Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Greg Smith, launched the Youth on Track program.
Youth on Track is a scheme for identifying and responding to young people at risk of criminal offence or who may already be in the criminal justice system.
The Youth on Track scheme is based on early intervention principles and an interagency approach to the management of the needs of these young people and their families. It is designed to prevent young people from becoming entrenched in criminal behaviour.
A review of the current management of young people at risk of entering the justice system was undertaken in 2010-11. The review included extensive consultation with government and non-government organisations, community groups and others working in the juvenile justice field.
The Youth on Track scheme builds on a number of the important recommendations of that review including the need to focus on intervening early and reducing the problems that make some young people more likely to commit crime.
To find out more about Youth on Track
In July 2009, the Minister for Juvenile Justice commissioned a strategic review of Juvenile Justice policy and practice in NSW. The Noetic Group was engaged to undertake the review and completed their report in January 2010:
The report included 77 Juvenile Justice policy and practice recommendations.
To read the NSW Government response to these recommendations,