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 training sessions and networking opportunities. This is 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 February 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 networks occurs biannually. Since COVID-19, AYJ can no longer deliver face-to-face sessions, AYJ are now hosting shorter monthly meetings online via Microsoft Teams. Meetings to date have focused on updates from AYJ and an opportunity for workers to share their experiences. The July 2020 meeting agenda included presentations from Koori Youth Council and VACCA's Aboriginal Family Centred Approach model.
AYJ are planning professional and personal development activities for the August and September 2020 network meetings which will focus on strengthening engagement with young people and self-care for workers.