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Youth Justice NSW is part of the Child Protection and Permanency, District and Youth Justice Division under the Department of Communities and Justice. Youth Justice supervises and provides custodial and community-based services for young people, encouraging them to make positive changes to their behaviour and build their skills to reduce their risk of reoffending.
Youth Officers work as part of a multidisciplinary team made up of Caseworkers, Psychologists and Centre Management Team members across Youth Justice centres in Grafton, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Sydney and Gosford.
Youth Officers supervise young people in custody and ensure their needs are met on a daily basis by practicing pro-social modelling and motivating young people to participate in day to day activities, while maintaining the safety and security of the centre. The activities include educational, vocational, recreational and therapeutic programs which are guided by individual case plans.
Working either a 24/7 rotating shift roster (Monday to Sunday) or as a day worker from Monday to Friday, the operating environment requires Youth Officers to be proactive in managing and accessing risks, and responding to challenging behaviours to maintain a safe workplace.
"Provide programs, activities and routines to young people re-entering society."
Youth Justice provides services to various communities across the state, making it important to have a diverse and inclusive workforce that contributes to safer outcomes for our communities.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make a significant impact to the organisation by improving the way we interact with Indigenous communities and help inform and shape cross-cultural services.
29 Nov 2022
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.