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The Department of Justice and Community Safety is responsible for the statutory supervision of young people in the criminal justice system. 

The department’s Youth Justice Service provides programs and resources to assist these young people to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to manage their lives effectively without further offending. Through supervision, offending related programs and linkages to appropriate support services, the youth justice service promotes opportunities for rehabilitation and contributes to the reduction of crime in the community.

Our vision for Youth Justice in Victoria is for a leading youth justice system that:

  • reduces offending by children and young people and improves community safety
  • works with others to provide genuine opportunities for children and young people to turn their lives around.

To achieve this we are focusing on four key reform directions:

  1. Improving diversion and supporting early intervention and crime prevention.
  2. Reducing reoffending and promoting community safety by supporting children and young people to turn their lives around.
  3. Strengthening partnerships with children and young people, families and all services and professionals who support their rehabilitation and positive development.
  4. Investing in a skilled, safe and stable Youth Justice system and safe systems of work. 

The Youth Justice Strategic Plan 2020-30 reflects our 10 year vision for how we will deliver on our four reform directions

You can learn more about the Youth Justice Strategic Plan 2020-30, and how Youth Justice is supporting community and custodial based staff:

New Youth Justice Centre 

The Victorian Government is building a new youth justice centre to the west of Werribee, in the vicinity of Cherry Creek. 

The new 140-bed facility will include beds for young people who are on remand or have been sentenced, a mental health unit and an intensive intervention unit. The facility has also been designed to deliver a specialised facility that focuses on staff safety and reducing re-offending. 

Providing a new youth justice facility is an essential part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to improving community safety and modernising Victoria’s youth justice system. 

For more information, please visit the Cherry Creek Youth Justice Centre project (External link) on the Community Safety Building Authority website.

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