Transition plan and discussion paper released for Youth Justice Reform
A transition plan detailing the steps to reform the Youth Justice System over the next three years was released on 2 December 2021, by the Minister for Children And Youth.
The Transition Plan includes three key components:
- The development of the Youth Justice Blueprint that will set the strategic direction for the whole Youth Justice System over the next 10 years;
- Establishing a process for developing and supporting the Youth Justice Workforce, including current staff at Ashley and other staff across the youth justice sector; and
- Transitioning away from the Ashley Youth Detention Centre and the construction of two new, fit for purpose, custodial youth justice facilities – one in the north and one in the south.
The transition plan will be supported by a Youth Justice Reform Steering Committee and a project team.
A discussion paper for consultation that will inform the development of the Youth Justice Blueprint was also released. The Youth Justice Blueprint aims to develop a new approach to youth justice that intervenes early to address the complex factors that lead to youth crime; emphasises early intervention and diversion strategies; and responds to young people who come in conflict with the law.
The Blueprint discussion paper will be open for consultation on the Communities Tasmania website from 2 December 2021 until 28 February 2022.
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