Territory Families has released $3.155 million thisfinancial year to fund the reform and ongoing delivery of Community YouthDiversion programs for 10-17 year olds in the Northern Territory.
The Community Youth Diversion Program Grants arepart of a $15.8 million commitment over five years to develop programs thatmake sure young people who do the wrong thing face the consequences of theirbehaviour and complete their police or court ordered youth diversion programs.
Prevention and diversion programs also work withyoung people to address the causes of their challenging behaviour.
Service providers in Darwin Region can apply througha competitive grants process. The Darwin Region grant round opens 7 October2019 and closes on 8 November 2019.
Territory Families is using Local Decision Making processesin Alice Springs and other regions and communities to identify and establishlocal solutions to manage complexities in those regions. This process hasalready begun in multiple locations.
Kalano Community Association and Yugul MangiDevelopment Aboriginal Corporation have recently been identified through LocalDecision Making processes as the ongoing youth diversion service providers inthe Katherine Region and Ngukurr respectively.
Territory Families Chief Executive Ken Davies said youthdiversion was an important tool to ensure young people face the impact of theiroffending, while changing their behaviour.
The young people involved in these programs will beheld accountable and made to right their wrongs and face the consequences oftheir actions.
At the same time youth diversion programs aim todivert children and young people away from the youth justice system byintervening early and providing opportunities for these young people to repairthe harm their offending may have caused.
The Community Youth Diversion Grants application canbe found at grantsnt.nt.gov.au.