Shared Solutions: Strategies to bring diverse partners together to prevent youth offending

Ms Karina Chicote1

1Save the Children, Perth, Australia

Shared problems like youth offending demand shared solutions.  But collaborative responses to complex problems cannot be sustained on goodwill alone.

The Youth Partnership Project is a strategic place-based initiative, focused on developing a better early intervention framework for youth justice. The project has successfully engaged state government agencies, local government, not-for-profit community services, academia and the private sector in working better together; improving outcomes for young people with complex needs through the planning and delivery of community services.

This presentation will explore how the YPP’s backbone organisation, hosted by Save the Children, has been central to bringing this diverse group of cross-sector partners together.  Showcasing the Youth Partnership Project’s Early Intervention Model, we will discuss the influence of our varied partners on the model’s development and highlight the ongoing importance of adaptive capacity.



Karina Chicote leads Save the Children’s Place Based Strategy across WA. This role includes leading collective impact initiatives in both urban and remote communities, engaging stakeholders across community, government and not-for-profit sector to develop innovative cross-sector solutions to complex intergenerational challenges. With a background in youth work, Karina has developed several award-winning programs and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2018. Karina has completed a Master’s Degree in Human Rights, with her dissertation, ‘Leave No-one Behind: Australia’s Promise to Aboriginal Children’, an analysis of equality and its application to Australia’s development agenda.


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