Where we are up to
As at 6 August 2020, there are 3 Aboriginal Liaison Officers (ALOs) working across the two Youth Justice Precincts with recruitment underway to fill another ALO position as well as Team Leader, Aboriginal Youth Justice Operations. A new position Manager, Aboriginal Youth Justice Operations has been created and recruitment is underway to fill the role.
COVID-19 response in custody
Aboriginal Liaison Officers are continuing to work in both the Parkville and Malmsbury Youth Justice precincts to strengthen connection to family, community and culture using additional technology and supporting Aboriginal children and young people to access education and structured activities in custody and the community. In Parkville Youth Justice Centre (YJC) and Malmsbury YJC, arrangements have been put in place to ensure Aboriginal children and young people’s connection to family, community and culture is maintained.
All young people have been given additional phone calls, and visits from family and community members are facilitated through video link and Skype calls. Aboriginal children and young people have been provided with appropriate resources to keep cultural connection and feelings of safety. This has included providing possum skins, purchasing culturally appropriate jigsaw puzzles and activities and providing children with cultural journals and seedlings to plant in the garden.