The Community Services Directorate has lead responsibility for the ACT Government’s response to children and young people who are at risk of coming into the youth justice system, or who are already involved in the system.
The strategic direction for youth justice is set out in the Blueprint for Youth Justice in the ACT 2012-22. The Blueprint has a focus on early intervention, prevention and diversion. Custody is a last resort.
Youth justice responsibilities are managed through the Child and Youth Protection Services and include youth justice case management and youth diversionary programs and initiatives that seek to address young people’s offending behaviour, provide positive pathways and support their rehabilitation.
The directorate also manages the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre to provide a safe and secure custodial environment for children and young people aged from 10 to 18 years (and some young people up to the age of 21), who are either remanded in custody or serving a custodial sentence.
Information for young people about the youth justice system
If you have any questions about your legal matters, these services might be able to help:
- Aboriginal Legal Service 6249 8488
- Legal Aid 6243 3411
- Youth Law Centre 6173 5410
- Child and Youth Protection Service 6207 0755
For questions about your court date and time call the Childrens Court Registry on 6207 1746
For help or advice after hours* you can also call the After-hours Bail Support Service on 1800 178 277
(*weekdays 5pm to 2am; weekends and public holidays 4pm to 2am)
Youth Justice Case Management
The Youth Justice Case Management Team is responsible for the assessment, supervision and support of children and young people on justice orders, either in the community or in custody. The case management model promotes the best interests of children and young people, while ensuring a balance between community protection, restitution and rehabilitation. Contact Youth Services on 6207 0755.
The Youth Justice Victims Register
The Youth Justice Victims Register provides support to people who are the victims of young offenders. The register records names and contact details of victims of offences committed by a young offender. Information kept on the Register is used for contacting and informing the registered victim about a sentence young offender and the administration of their sentence (where relevant). More information on the victims register
Bimberi Youth Justice Centre
The Bimberi Youth Justice Centre provides a safe and secure custodial environment for children and young people aged 10 to 18 years (and some young people up to age 21), who are either remanded in custody or serving a custodial sentence.
Bimberi facilitates rehabilitation and promotes the reintegration of children and young people into the community through a range of programs and services including education, vocational training, health, mental health and drug and alcohol programs. More information about Bimberi