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​Youth Justice Disability Action Plan 2021 - 2024

The NSW Government, and Department of Communities and Justice in particular, is committed to creating a safe, resilient, and inclusive NSW in which everyone has the opportunity to realise their potential.

In Youth Justice, that means working to reduce re-offending, and supporting young people and families to thrive.

We know that young people with disability are over-represented in Youth Justice.

We also know that when young people with disability are adequately supported, we see a significant reduction in offending behaviours.

The Youth Justice Disability Action Plan 2021-2024 is a comprehensive four-year strategy, developed to enhance our response to the needs of young people with disability who are in contact with the Youth Justice system.

Background:

The development of the Disability Issues Paper in June 2020 brought together evidence on young people with disability in contact with the Youth Justice system. The recommendations from the Disability Issues Paper, as well as consultation with internal and external experts, have informed the development of a suite of initiatives, which will be rolled out over the next four years.

The Youth Justice Disability Action Plan 2021-2024 will deliver a suite of reforms, within six overarching themes:

  • Strengthening Partnerships
  • Early Intervention and Diversion
  • Workforce Capability
  • Improving the Evidence
  • Service Delivery
  • Rights and Inclusion

The implementation of the Disability Action Plan 2021-2024 will equip all Youth Justice staff to work effectively with young people with disability, and provide systems, resources and partnerships that will ensure early identification of disability and timely referral for appropriate supports.