Residential Youth Justice Facilities Underway

NT Government

The Territory Labor Government is delivering new Residential Youth Justice Facilities to make the Territory safer.

Sites for three of the four Residential Youth Justice Facilities – in Darwin, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs – have been selected.

The Darwin facility will be at Yirra House and the Alice Springs facility will be at Gap Road.

The Juno Centre in Tennant Creek will serve as an interim facility while the permanent site is under construction.

A fourth Residential Youth Justice Facility is being planned for the Katherine region.

These will be ‘live in’ facilities to ensure that court sentences and orders are enforced, while also providing training and education services to help young people get their lives back on track and get into the workforce.

The Department of Education will provide vocational education and other education services to break the cycle of re-offending.

The Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities will shortly launch a recruitment campaign for a youth justice and outreach workers along with teachers and registered training officers.

The Territory Labor Government is also progressing the Youth Justice Review, today announcing an independent panel and terms of reference.

Western Australian commissioner for Victims of Crime Kati Kraszlan will chair the three-member Independent Review Panel, which will be supported by a team of senior government officials

Catherine Liddle – children’s advocate and CEO of the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) and experienced Darwin-based barrister Trevor Moses are other panel members.

The panel will consider the impact of the implementation of the recommendations from the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory, and focus on early intervention, targeted responses, and detention.

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