What is the Youth Justice Community Support Service?

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:

  • reduce the rate, severity and frequency of re-offending
  • enable young people to make an effective transition to adulthood
  • develop young people’s capacity to participate fully in society

We lead the delivery of YJCSS across metropolitan Melbourne in a consortium with other agencies.

We work alongside the Department of Health and Human Services and in partnership with YSAS, Salvocare East, Vincent Care, Wombat and VICSEG.

How does YJCSS work?

1. We recognise that young people may have complex needs

iStock_000009706891LargeResearch 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.

2. We offer young people tailored support

Our YJCSS staff offer young people two support pathways, including:

  • intensive support, which uses assertive and persistent case work, outreach and after-hours responses to engage young people with high needs
  • supported referral, which uses established referral networks to connect other young people to the broader service system

3. We reduce the likelihood of young people re-offending

YJCSS helps prevent re-offending by:

  • focusing on a young person’s development
  • preparing them for adulthood
  • re-connecting them with community

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:

  • independence, resilience and pro-social connection to family and community
  • skills and knowledge to make informed choices about their future
  • the means to participate more fully in their community
  • connections to family, education, training, employment and community

How can I refer people to YJCSS?

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:

  • Southern Melbourne and Bayside Peninsula (03) 8710 2700
  • Hume Moreland and North Eastern Melbourne (03) 9479 0379
  • Western Melbourne and Brimbank Melton (03) 9275 7353
  • Inner and Outer Eastern Melbourne (03) 9843 6481

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