The Youth Justice Community Support Service (YJCSS) provides intensive support for young people aged 10-21 engaged with the youth justice system in Victoria.
Through intensive support, YJCSS aims to:
We lead the delivery of YJCSS across metropolitan Melbourne in a consortium with other agencies.
Research shows that young people involved with the justice system have a range of complex and varied needs. We understand that complex needs require individualised support.
Our YJCSS staff offer young people two support pathways, including:
YJCSS helps prevent re-offending by:
Our case work focuses on broad aspects of a young person’s life, such as social connection, economic participation, wellbeing and resilience, gender and identity, health, and self-determination.
Through our case work, young people in the justice system develop:
YJCSS is a voluntary service, so the young person needs to agree to involvement with the program.
Referrals must be made by DHHS Youth Justice worker, so contact the team in your area: