Blueprint for Youth Justice in the ACT 2012-22
Annual Progress Report 2015
The Blueprint’s goals are underpinned by seven strategies for reducing risk factors, strengthening protective factors and achieving long-term change in the ACT youth justice system.
The Blueprint strategies encourage government agencies to work together more closely and with community organisations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other communities, schools and others to address youth crime and risk factors that lead to offending.
Each strategy is supported by practical actions for delivery, set out in the Blueprint’s first three-year action plan. The actions are a ‘to-do list’ that focus on reducing youth crime by promoting early intervention, prevention and diversion. This work has involved collaboration between police, courts and youth justice services.
The information presented in the progress tables at Appendix A tracks achievements against actions set out in the action plan.
The tables highlight significant work against individual actions, rather than providing a comprehensive list of initiatives delivered between 2012 and 2015.
Notably, of the 45 actions in the plan 42 are complete or substantially complete, and work is underway to finalise three actions.
- Focusing on early intervention and prevention of contact with the youth justice system
- Diverting children and young people away from the formal youth justice system
- Engaging and encouraging the participation of children, young people and their families
- Providing intensive individualised support to children and young people
- Connecting and reintegrating children and young people into a home and the community through effective throughcare
- Creating an integrated whole-of-government and whole-of-community services system to support children and young people
- Building a strong and smart workforce.
Summary of progress on actions
Of the 45 initiatives in the three-year action plan:
- 41 are complete
- 1 is substantially complete; and
- 3 have work underway.