The Youth Crime Prevention Program – How does it really work? A counsellor’s perspective
Dr Evelyne Tadros is the Operations Manager of Youth Services for the NSW office of Mission Australia. In addition, Evelyne facilitates the Youth Justice Conferences; her work within the Juvenile Justice System is extensive. She is able to give a rare insight into the power of the Youth Crime Prevention Program funded by Sir David Martin Foundation.
“The Youth Crime Prevention Program is unique because we can work through the challenges faced by young people and assist them in finding solutions. Once these issues are addressed, we find the young person can begin to get back on the right track, move out of the Juvenile Justice System and change their life.”
Formal, managed conferences between victims and their perpetrators form part of the process. This is often the first opportunity both parties have, to talk openly about the event and its impact on their lives. At the end of the conference, an outcome plan is agreed to and the young offender is monitored to ensure it is completed. Outcome plans may include community service, donations to charity or participation in education or rehabilitation programs.
“There is no doubt in my mind the Youth Crime Prevention Program provides lasting outcomes for young offenders, their victims and the broader community." – Evelyne Tadros
- Did you know?
75% of mental health disorders begin before the age of 25 years and 70% of young people who experience mental health and substance abuse problems don't seek help.