Young people at risk of interaction with the justice system have shared their stories in a new project which aims to improve:

  • vital early intervention supports, and
  • reduce reoffending.

The Youth Client Voice Project is an initiative funded as part of Barwon Child, Youth and Family’s Reignite Geelong Program.

Twelve young people who have had contact with Victoria Police and the justice system share their stories. They do this using the project's interactive online platform. The aim is to assist services to better respond to the needs of young people and help get them on the right path.

Young people involved in or at risk of being involved in the justice system have complex histories. This project is providing vital resources to:

  • help address issues
  • reduce risks, and
  • promote opportunities for rehabilitation to break the cycle of offending.

Reignite Geelong works with at risk young people by collaborating with:

  • key youth and family workers, and
  • young people’s support networks.

Together they address behaviour issues and develop positive relationships through:

  • training
  • education, and
  • community services.

Barwon Child, Youth and Family received $350,000 for Reignite Geelong, as part of the Youth Crime Prevention Grants.

Read more about the Youth Crime Prevention Grants.