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Youth Justice — Additional Support for Young People

7 Monitor engagement and alert the area team if a young person is at risk, despite local interventions

In some circumstances, despite every effort to positively engage a young person at the school or setting, they may still disengage and/or show signs of disengaging.

Many young people in youth justice face highly complex barriers to engagement in education and if local interventions and supports have been exhausted, it is critical that schools and settings reach out for additional support.

Engage with the young person, their parents/carers and the Student Support Group (SSG), and consider:

  • if there are any new barriers to engagement, or unmet needs and review available supports (where helpful utilise the:
  • seeking case management support for a young person through the Navigator ProgramExternal Link (this can be done by contacting your local Navigator Coordinator to discuss eligibility and/or make an online referral)
  • engaging with the LOOKOUT Education Support CentreExternal Link to build the capability of educators to engage with the young person
  • contacting your local area team, to discuss next steps (noting that area teams may escalate complex cases to a range of planning forums)
  • engaging with Youth Justice Case Managers and working in partnership to mobilise supports (noting that Youth Justice Case Managers lead case planning and convene a Care Team)

Area teams are closely monitoring the attendance and engagement of all young people in youth justice as part of a state-wide model. If a young person exits or disengages and your school is unable to engage with them or their parents/carers you must alert your area team as soon as possible. They will also likely contact schools to discuss supports in the event that there has been a drop in attendance.

Guidance chapter on monitoring engagement and alerting area teams

Reviewed 07 December 2021

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