Our partners

The department is working to improve community safety and reduce reoffending by young people who have been involved with the youth justice system.

Funded services

The department funds a number of services across Queensland to assist young people and their families to address the circumstances and behaviour which lead to young people offending, with the intended long term outcome of reducing youth offending and detention.

The organisations currently funded include:

  • Atherton – Mission Australia
  • Cairns – Youth Empowerment Towards Independence (YETI)
  • Doomadgee – Save the Children Australia
  • Mornington Island – Save the Children Australia
  • Mount Isa – North West Queensland Indigenous Catholic Social Services (NWQICSS)
  • Mount Isa - Save the Children Australia
  • Palm Island – Ferdy’s Youth Haven
  • Townsville - Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Health Services (TAIHS)
  • Townsville - Individual Empowerment Network Pty Ltd - ITEC Health
  • Townsville – Mission Australia
  • Townsville - Edmund Rice Education Australia Townsville Flexible Learning Centre
  • Mackay - Save the Children Australia
  • Rockhampton - Darumbal Community Youth Service Inc
  • Bundaberg - Bridges Aligned Services Inc
  • Cherbourg – Mercy Community Services.
  • North Coast to Brisbane to Gold Coast – Youth Advocacy Centre
  • North Coast to Brisbane to Gold Coast – Sisters Inside
  • North Coast to Brisbane to Gold Coast to Toowoomba – Mater Misericordiae Ltd
  • Brisbane - Mater Misericordiae Health Services Brisbane Ltd
  • Brisbane - The Base Support Services Inc
  • Ipswich – Inala – Goodna – Inala Youth Care Community Inc
  • Ipswich – Inala – Goodna – The Base Support Services Inc
  • Gold Coast and South East – Anglicare
  • Gold Coast and South East – Gold Coast Youth Service Inc
  • South West Queensland (Chinchilla/Warwick/Dalby) – Lifeline Darling Downs and South West Queensland
  • South West Queensland (Toowoomba & west) – The Corporation of the Roma Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba
  • State-wide – Murri Watch Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation
  • State-wide – Griffith University - School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • State-wide – Legal Advocacy Queensland, partnership with ATSILS

Remand reduction - bail support

These services are delivered together with legal advocacy and statutory Youth Justice services. The purpose of bail support services is to:

  • reduce remand rates (the proportion of young people held in detention without a sentence)
  • provide short term outcomes for young people and their families, with choice and control in designing their bail support package
  • young people are confident their bail support package will meet their aims and needs (increasing voluntary engagement in programs)
  • young people complete bail
  • achieve medium to long term reduction in offending behaviour.

Bail support services provide:

  • court advocacy and support to young people
  • case management to young people on bail
  • after-hours support and call outs where required
  • connection to/use of local community resources.

Community youth response and diversion

The Queensland Government has implemented a range of services in Townsville, Cairns and other parts of Queensland, as part of the Community Youth Response.

After hours diversionary services – An afterhours service to assist police to divert young people towards support, instead of charging or remanding them in custody.

Pro-social activities - Social, cultural, arts and recreational activities based on assessed risks aimed at improving behaviour and reducing offending. Activities will positively engage young people and reconnect them in pro-social pursuits in their community.

Case management - Intensive support to young people and their families to improve behaviour and reduce offending.

Bridging to flexischool - Bridging support and alternative education options for young people who have disengaged or who are at high risk of disengagement from education and who are not yet suitable to return to or engage with alternative or mainstream schooling.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural mentoring - Cultural mentoring support via a trusted adult mentor who can assist a young person to have a better understanding of their history, kinship and to develop a more positive cultural identity.

Specialist counselling services

Queensland Government funds 2 services that provide assessment and treatment services to young people charged with sex offences:

  • Mater Family Youth Counselling Service
  • Griffith Youth Forensic Service.

Young offender support services

Young offender support services provide client centred, culturally safe and trauma informed support services. Services work with young people and their families to address the criminogenic needs (things that are likely to cause offending behaviour) identified in their case plan. Intensive support is provided to individuals and families, including:

  • transport assistance to court and other appointments
  • locating young people to reduce risk of failure to attend court
  • assisting young people to engage with other community agencies
  • working with the young person’s family and/or significant others to assist them to address their needs/issues
  • supporting young people and families to connect/re-connect to their culture
  • engaging in restorative justice process where required.

The short to medium term outcomes this service type aims to achieve are that young people have:

  • a reduction in anti-social behaviour
  • improved positive connections and relationships with culture, family, kin and community
  • involvement in non-criminal activities.

Supervised community accommodation

Supervised community accommodation was established across the state during 2017/18.

Often children and young people are in detention on remand because they have no supported, secure and stable accommodation while on bail. These services provide children and young people involved in the youth justice system with a safe place to stay and a chance to change their lives.

Supervised community accommodation services offer eligible children and young people the opportunity to receive the support they need to attend school or vocational education and complete rehabilitation programs.

The children and young people staying at the services are under 24/7 supervision and are required to abide by strict conditions such as curfews and bail conditions.

These facilities provide the courts with another bail alternative, where children and young people can participate in pro-social activities that help them building a better future away from their pasts.

Supervised community accommodation locations
LocationOperationalMaximum capacity
Townsville (Existing facility for young people) December 2017 4 Co-gendered
Townsville (Existing facility for young people) January 2018 4 Co-gendered
Carbrook (Semi rural property) March 2018 4 Boys
Logan Reserve (Semi rural property) April 2018 4 Girls

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