Status in progress
Domain
3. A more effective justice system with greater Aboriginal control
Goal
3.2 A strong and effective Aboriginal community controlled justice sector
Outcome
3.2.2 A stronger, skilled and supported Aboriginal justice workforce
Status
In progress
Agency
Youth Justice, Department of Justice and Community Safety

Where we are up to 

Aboriginal Youth Justice (AYJ) provides professional development opportunities for Aboriginal Youth Justice Programs which includes workers from the:

  • Community Based Aboriginal Youth Justice Program
  • Aboriginal Early School Leaver Program
  • Aboriginal Youth Support Service
  • Aboriginal Intensive Support Program
  • Aboriginal Liaison Officers. 

Professional development is offered through:

  • Beginning Practice Induction sessions
  • professional development opportunities
  • cultural and networking activities.

The next Induction session will occur prior to the end of 2021 as a number of new workers have commenced. 

Beginning Practice Induction sessions are offered as an orientation to new workers in the program as well as those requesting a refresher. The Beginning Practice training was last held in October 2020 and the training consisted of information on Youth Justice System Overview; Courts; Aboriginal Youth Justice Program; case note recording and privacy issues. 

Aboriginal Youth Justice Program Network meetings occur biannually. Since COVID-19 restrictions have been in place, Aboriginal Youth Justice have been unable to deliver face-to-face sessions and are now hosting shorter monthly meetings online via Microsoft Teams.

Meetings to date have focused on:

  • updates from Aboriginal Youth Justice
  • self-care
  • engagement with young people during COVID-19
  • consultations on the Aboriginal Youth Justice Strategy
  • an opportunity for workers to share their experiences working during the pandemic.

Once restrictions allow for face-to-face delivery of network forums AYJ will convene workers across the state for a face-to-face forum. AYJ are exploring training in Trauma and mental health for a face-to-face professional development.