- What we do in rehabilitation and outcomes
- Clinical and behaviour support opportunities
- Programs services in youth justice
- Other opportunities
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What we do in rehabilitation and outcomes
The rehabilitation and outcomes branch ensures that children and young people in custody (young people) have appropriate and adequate access to rehabilitation programs and services.
The branch is based at Cherry Creek Youth Justice Precinct (Cherry Creek). It delivers essential services, including:
- evidence-based criminogenic programs
- individual behaviour management interventions and strategies
- structured arts, sport, music and life-skills programs.
The branch is made up of two teams.
Rehabilitation services team
The rehabilitation services team offers:
- criminogenic, offence-related and psychosocial programs
- risk and specialised assessments
- practice guidance
- support to operational staff.
They also work individually with young people and youth justice staff to manage complex behaviours in custody.
The programs team is responsible for ensuring a well-structured day for young people in the precinct. They support the integration of education, health and mental health services. They also facilitate the delivery of after-hours programs and cultural support.
Clinical and behaviour support opportunities
Clinicians and senior clinicians
Clinicians and senior clinicians at Cherry Creek work within a clinical forensic framework with young people who:
- have committed serious offences, and
- may present a moderate to high risk of reoffending.
We are seeking people with at least 2 years' experience working with children and/or young people in the following roles:
- mental health nurses
- social workers
- occupational therapists.
The ideal candidates will be resilient and believe in an individual's ability to make significant change. Clinicians and senior clinicians will receive:
- a clinical induction
- opportunities for further professional development
- ongoing clinical supervision
- sponsored registration.
Behaviour support specialists
Behaviour support specialists work as part of a multidisciplinary team to:
- deliver psychosocial programs and interventions with young people
- oversee the implementation of behaviour support plans.
They assist youth justice workers with young people in custody who are dealing with trauma and disadvantage.
Programs services in youth justice
Programs staff help young people focus on improving their living and vocational skills through sports, recreation and educational programs.
The programs lead oversees the planning and development of after-school and weekend recreation programs run by youth justice workers.
Recreational programs such as sport, music and art help to improve the life trajectories of young people. They encourage them to engage in pro-social activities when they return to the community. Sporting activities include:
- Australian rules football
- all abilities sports.
The programs lead may also assist with other support services at Cherry Creek, including:
- community groups
- recreational activities
- cultural support.
There are additional rehabilitation and outcomes opportunities which service our youth justice precincts.
Cultural liaison officers
Cultural liaison officers work with young people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. They engage with the young person’s community, family and case managers to ensure care is culturally competent.
Aboriginal liaison officers
Aboriginal liaison officers focus on young people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. They collaborate with the community, family and case managers to ensure culturally competent care. Only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply for this position.
Structured day team members
Structured day team members, help young people have meaningful engagement with their programs. They play a critical role in ensuring professional and personal visits are constructive.
Learn more about becoming a youth justice worker
Join one of our regular information sessions for intakes at Cherry Creek and Parkville Youth Justice Precincts.
Learn more about youth justice, the role of a youth justice worker and hear from current staff.