Targeted Engagement Program recognised for assisting with education pathways for young people in Western Australia

Australian Institute of Criminology

Alta-1’s Targeted Engagement Program has received a silver award in the community-led category of the 2022 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPAs).

Now in their 30th year, the ACVPAs recognise best practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia. They play a vital role in highlighting effective community-based initiatives to prevent crime and violence, before it actually occurs.

The Targeted Engagement Program is a part-time strategic engagement program offering significant relationship building, education preparation, small group personal recovery and community building course, student good deeds, community engagement opportunities and transition support.

The Program operates as a limited duration intervention program that engages young people who are at risk of ongoing negative community impact through criminal activity, antisocial behaviour and/or disengagement.

“The aim of Targeted Engagement Program is to be a bridge to assist re-engagement with education, training and workplace pathways,” North Metro Regional Principal Kevin Kendell said.

These annual awards recognise the outstanding contributions being made across Australia for crime prevention, including the development and implementation of practical projects to reduce violence and other types of crime in the community.

This intensive, holistic program which assists young people to re-engage with education and employment has shown excellent evidence of success,” said Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Deputy Director, Dr Rick Brown.

The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments and are delivered by the AIC. All projects are assessed each year by the ACVPA Board, which consists of senior law enforcement representatives from each state and territory police service, and is chaired by the AIC Director.


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