9 Senior Specialist YOREO’s Graduate From Training

9 Senior Specialist YOREO’s Graduate From Training

Northern Territory Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield

Specialist Senior YOREO’s to Help Stop Reoffending

Victor P Taffa

9 Senior Youth Outreach and Re-engagement Officers (YOREO’s) with new and expanded responsibilities have graduated from training today and will join the Youth Outreach and Re-engagement Teams (YORET), as part of the Territory Government’s overhaul of the broken youth justice system.

Positions were created under the amendment to the Youth Justice Act which was passed in October and comes into effect on January 1.

 

Senior YOREO’s will provide supervision and case management support to youth on court-ordered supervision to engage them in positive behaviours through social activities, outreach programs, and other early intervention and/or diversionary measures.

Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield said that the work of the Senior YOREO’s will be an important part of the Government’s Youth Justice Reform Strategy.

“Our reform strategy is to put kids on the right path and away from a lifetime of crime. This is an important part of our community safety plan and will make our justice system work more effectively.” Minister Wakefield said.

“We know that in order to achieve this, we need specialist workers who can proactively manage youth who are on court orders and help stop the cycle of reoffending.”

“I congratulate all Senior YOREO’s for completing their training and thank them for their passion and dedication to creating safer and vibrant communities for Territorians.” Minister Wakefield said.

Senior YOREO’s, who form part of the 52 Youth Diversion Workers announced by the Territory Government early in 2017, will be dispatched to Alice Springs, Palmerston, Nhulunbuy, Katherine, and Tennant Creek. They will commence their work in early January.