Prevention and diversion

Many young people start to show anti-social behaviour as they enter their teenage years. This can be a one-off incident, a 'stage' they go through because they are influenced by peers, or the start of a longer-term pattern of offending.

The Department of Corrective Services offers help and advice for families with young people showing this behaviour. Depending upon the level of anti-social and offending behaviour, services may be accessed by these young people and their families, including:

Juvenile Justice Teams (JJTs)

JJTs make sure young people are held accountable for their offending behaviour. Referrals are generated by police or the Children's Court. JJTs arrange meetings with the young person, their families, victims and police to find out the best way a young person can make up for their offence. This is called an action plan. If a young person successfully completes the action plan they will not receive a criminal record.

JJTs may also offer a court conferencing service for young people with more serious offending backgrounds to encourage them to start an action plan before being sentenced to show their willingness and ability to change their behaviour. Referrals to Court Conferencing are only made by the Children's Court and there usually needs to be a known victim willing to participate in the process.

Last updated: 24-Jan-2013