The prime focus for Youth Justice NSW's community-based interventions with youth offenders is to address their offending behaviour in ways that have been proven to be effective in reducing the risks associated with reoffending
and to effectively supervise young offenders as they meet their legal obligations.
To achieve this, services provided from Youth Justice community offices include:
Assessment reports prepared to assist courts in determining sentences.
Court directed supervision of youth offenders placed on good behaviour bonds, probation, community service or parole orders.
Support for young people with problems seeking bail or remanded in custody, including court ordered bail supervision.
As an alternative to detention, the provision of community-based offending-focussed and developmental programs that specifically address risk factors linked to the individuals offending behaviour.
Provision of specialised programs that deliver forensic and other psychological testing, assessment and interventions that include the Sex Offender Program and Violent Offender Program.
Casework management and extensive networking with other government and community-based services to link youth offenders to the support services they need to stay out of trouble and comply with their legal orders.
This can include the individual young offenders participation in specific offending-focussed or other type programs, finding accommodation, dealing with relationship difficulties, finding employment, developing employment skills, and supporting the young person's return to school.
To identify the risk and need factors found to be associated with the offending of young people, reduce these risks and build on the identified strengths they have.
To minimise the entrenchment of young people in the Youth Justice system.
To provide young people with individual support and supervision in the communities in which they live.
To provide services that are appropriate and sensitive to age, gender, culture and disability.
To retain young people in the community, thereby minimising disruption to relationships, employment or education and normal community life.
To provide young people with the knowledge of the community agencies and resources they can access to support them.
To assist young people in establishing significant adult relationships which may aid their community integration.
To ensure that "Principles of Case Management" are maintained when providing court ordered "Community Supervision" to young people.
Youth Justice NSW has 35 community offices spread across NSW.
They provide community-based intervention for young offenders. All are staffed by Youth Justice Officers and some also employ Alcohol and Other Drug Counsellors, specialist and generalist counsellors, program support officers and general administrative staff.
Services provided from the agency's community offices include:
Support for young people with problems seeking bail or remanded in custody.
The provision of counselling and developmental programs as an alternative to detention with a focus on alcohol and other drug misuse, generalist counselling, group work and living skills and the provision of forensic and other psychological testing and assessment.
Specialist programs including a Sex Offender Program and Violent Offender Program.