The Indigenous Justice Program supports young Aboriginal men and women aged 16-18 who are at risk of engaging in the justice system with;

  • Intensive, Individualised Case Management 
  • Transitional Accomodation
  • Advice, Referral and Information 
  • Cultural Engagement, Family Reconnections, Support and Events

IJP Casework Program:

The Casework Program is offered to Indigenous young men and woman who are on Juvenile Justice Orders or are at risk of obtaining a Juvenile Justice Order and between the age of 14 and 18 at time of referral. Eligible young people will have access to the IJP Caseworker and the IJP Community Linking Caseworker. The Caseworker and Community Linking Caseworker will assist the young person to address target areas as required and to; better their health, cease offending behaviours, engage with culture, further their education, gain employment and any other community engagement requirements as they arise.

IJP Housing Program:

The Housing Program is offered to Indigenous young men exiting the care of Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre at Kariong who wish to reside on the Central Coast and are aged between 16 and 18 at the time of referral. The young men in this program will be required to participate in a Living Skills program as a pre-requisite of gaining a property. Young people participating in the housing component of the IJP program will also have assistance with all aspects of connecting with their community including but not limited to: health, engagement with culture, community and country, education, employment and other areas as required. This assistance will be provided by our Community Linking Caseworker. Housing will be offered for a maximum period of two years.

IJP what for?

In 2009 the rate of Indigenous Juveniles in detention was 23 times the amount of the non-indigenous young people, with 63% of these young Indigenous people reoffending. IJP has been developed to assist Indigenous young people reduce

reoffending behaviours, connect with their culture and engage positively in their community. IJP aims to do this by holistically addressing the issues that surround offending behaviours. IJP is a voluntary program that focuses on the goal of the young person who has chosen to participate in the program.

Referral Process:

Referring agencies would be asked to consider the young person’s readiness for independent accommodation and willingness to participate in the program.

Referring services will be required to work with IJP to provide appropriate support for the young person.

Criteria to be eligible for IJP include:

  • Be Indigenous between the age of 16 and 18 years old.
  • Be in the care of a Juvenile Justice facility or recently released from a facility or have a current Juvenile Justice Order or be at risk of gaining a Juvenile Justice Order.

For any further information and enquiries please contact The IJP Case Worker by CLICKING HERE  or call (02) 43250661