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Youth Justice — Additional Support for Young People

Policy

This policy sets out key actions to deliver additional educational support for young people within Victoria’s youth justice system.

This policy recognises that:

  • additional support is needed to enable young people within the youth justice system to overcome the often-complex barriers to engagement in education and histories of trauma
  • positive relationships between educators and young people are central to empowering young people within the youth justice system to reach their potential

Details

  • Many young people within the youth justice system (both in custody and in the community) have complex histories of trauma and face significant barriers to engagement in education.
  • As a result, schools/settings are required to provide additional support to ensure these young people are engaged in education and supported to reach their potential
  • Key actions for schools are set out in Guidance and summarised in two checklists:
  • In summary, to support young people within the youth justice system to engage in education, schools/settings will:
    • appoint a learning mentor
    • establish a Student Support Group
    • develop and review an Individual Education Plan
    • ensure learning environments are positive, culturally safe and free from any stigma
    • monitor engagement and triage for support
    • provide support for a student who is in custody (in partnership with Parkville College)

These actions are to be taken to support young people:

  • in custody who are sentenced or on remand for an alleged offence
  • in community, who are
    • attending a government school or funded flexible learning option
    • have been sentenced on a criminal matter and/or diverted from custody on Intensive Bail/Youth Control Orders and Community-Based Orders

Given the high numbers of young people in youth justice who are in Out of Home Care and/or who are Aboriginal, these actions align as far as possible with the requirements set out in Out-of-Home-Care Education Commitment: A Partnering Agreement 2018 and Marrung Aboriginal Education Plan 2016-2026.

Additionally, young people in youth justice are also identified through a state-wide monitoring process, supporting the Department’s Regional teams to monitor enrolment and attendance and prioritise support. Regional teams may reach out to schools in the event that attendance rates are falling, to arrange an enrolment for an unenrolled young person, and/or to offer support to address complex barriers to engagement.

Other initiatives

Other initiatives to support the educational engagement of young people in youth justice include:

Relevant legislation

Department policy outlining key actions to deliver additional educational support for young people within Victoria’s youth justice system

Reviewed 04 March 2021

Policy last updated

18 December 2020

Scope

  • Schools
  • All Department staff

Contact

Schools and Regional Services

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