Child, Youth and Family  Chris Polaschek
Issues of concern in the late 90s and early 2000s  <ul><li>Youth Justice underperforming </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of skills,...
Our response to the issues <ul><li>Youth Justice Capability Review (2003)  </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of 25 dedicated yout...
Our response to the issues – continued  <ul><li>New Youth Justice Residences that are purpose built, with a  more therapeu...
Key Partnerships <ul><li>Police </li></ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Community Agencies ...
Challenges that we face <ul><li>Remains a group of ‘hardcore’ young offenders </li></ul><ul><li>Maori disproportionately r...
Strategic Direction <ul><li>Leading for Outcomes 2007 – 2010  </li></ul><ul><li>Key Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>To reduce...
Next 12 months <ul><li>What we are doing to meet these in the next 12 months – be active and focused in: </li></ul><ul><li...
Going Forward – Youth Justice Teams <ul><li>Establish a cycle of continuous improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Use Quality Assu...
Going Forward - Building   Effective Relationships <ul><li>Strengthen YJ Teams – building ‘communities of interest’ around...
Going Forward - Gather and Share Information <ul><li>Proactive in establishing stakeholder feedback loops </li></ul><ul><l...
Going Forward - YJ Residences <ul><li>Increase capacity – YJ Central </li></ul><ul><li>Resolve staffing challenges </li></...
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Moving Forward - Implementing a new way of working for youth justice - Chris Polaschek (Child, Youth and Family)

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Moving Forward - Implementing a new way of working for youth justice - Chris Polaschek (Child, Youth and Family)

  1. 1. Child, Youth and Family Chris Polaschek
  2. 2. Issues of concern in the late 90s and early 2000s <ul><li>Youth Justice underperforming </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of skills, capability and focus </li></ul><ul><li>Generic teams </li></ul><ul><li>Ineffective interventions for chronic offenders </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of consistent practice and procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity issues </li></ul><ul><li>Residences outdated – not ‘fit for purpose’ </li></ul><ul><li>Serious incidents highlight issues </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of confidence by key stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on accountability and less on the needs of the young person </li></ul>
  3. 3. Our response to the issues <ul><li>Youth Justice Capability Review (2003) </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of 25 dedicated youth justice teams that will focus on their own communities </li></ul><ul><li>Youth justice social workers, youth justice coordinators and youth justice practice advisors working together as part of youth justice teams, under a youth justice manager </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced relationships and partnerships in the youth justice sector and communities of interest </li></ul><ul><li>Better monitoring - Clearer accountability </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthening leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Justice Process Mapping – hyperlinked to YJ Manual </li></ul>
  4. 4. Our response to the issues – continued <ul><li>New Youth Justice Residences that are purpose built, with a more therapeutic environment. Increasing bed capacity at Te Puna Wai and Youth Justice Central </li></ul><ul><li>A renewed emphasis on addressing the unique features which lead young people to offend including understanding the offending in the context of a young person’s needs </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Justice Practice Framework </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive and refreshed approach to training </li></ul>
  5. 5. Key Partnerships <ul><li>Police </li></ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Community Agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Iwi – cultural groups </li></ul>
  6. 6. Challenges that we face <ul><li>Remains a group of ‘hardcore’ young offenders </li></ul><ul><li>Maori disproportionately represented in the YJ system and in the hardcore group </li></ul><ul><li>Changing demographics – being responsive </li></ul><ul><li>Remains challenging to work across agencies to provide integrated services </li></ul><ul><li>Programme provision is inconsistent and many are not able to demonstrate effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Balance between local and national contexts – what we do and how we work with others </li></ul><ul><li>Credibility of the Youth Justice services </li></ul>
  7. 7. Strategic Direction <ul><li>Leading for Outcomes 2007 – 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Key Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>To reduce rates of offending and re-offending in the community </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Justice to be a high performing service </li></ul><ul><li>To work ‘smarter’ with other agencies and service providers </li></ul><ul><li>Outcome focused residential services </li></ul>
  8. 8. Next 12 months <ul><li>What we are doing to meet these in the next 12 months – be active and focused in: </li></ul><ul><li>Embedding a cycle of continuous improvement in service delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Building effective working relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Gather and share information </li></ul>
  9. 9. Going Forward – Youth Justice Teams <ul><li>Establish a cycle of continuous improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Use Quality Assurance and research to inform progress </li></ul><ul><li>Find the balance between national and local solutions </li></ul><ul><li>YJ teams actively integrate into the sector and their communities </li></ul><ul><li>Localized plans for reducing re-offending in their communities </li></ul><ul><li>Individualized training approach </li></ul>
  10. 10. Going Forward - Building Effective Relationships <ul><li>Strengthen YJ Teams – building ‘communities of interest’ around teams </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance information exchange – develop common data sets </li></ul><ul><li>Build relationships with family/whanau </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage communities by: </li></ul><ul><li>Active engagement – build on and to existing networks </li></ul><ul><li>Purposeful engagement – leadership opportunities sought and taken to support communities </li></ul><ul><li>Identify, support and promulgate effective programmes </li></ul>
  11. 11. Going Forward - Gather and Share Information <ul><li>Proactive in establishing stakeholder feedback loops </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Best practice’ identified and shared both internally and externally </li></ul><ul><li>Consolidate our own information needs </li></ul><ul><li>Share information with key partners, in an appropriate way </li></ul><ul><li>Explore the potential for shared training </li></ul>
  12. 12. Going Forward - YJ Residences <ul><li>Increase capacity – YJ Central </li></ul><ul><li>Resolve staffing challenges </li></ul><ul><li>De-isolation </li></ul><ul><li>More holistic case management – Health, Education, Cultural </li></ul><ul><li>Improved transitions back to the family and community </li></ul><ul><li>Quality effective programming </li></ul><ul><li>Better alignment of all the components in the residential environment so as to increase safety, mitigate risk and produce lasting change </li></ul>
  13. 13. Thank you

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