Government and Community Collaboration – a place based approach to Youth Crime Prevention in Victoria

Ms Caroline Henwood1, Ms Elizabeth Wall1

1Department Of Justice And Community Safety, Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

In 2016 the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) in Victoria worked with local communities to design projects for the Youth Crime Prevention Grants (YCPG) program. The YCPG provided funding for community-led initiatives that address risk and protective factors that contribute to offending behaviour.  The program was designed to focus on a highly vulnerable cohort. It aimed particularly to prevent offending amongst young people (10-24 years) who have had, or are at risk of having, contact with the criminal justice system.

The YCPG was designed to ensure that local communities contributed to the project design to build a collaborative, partnership model of service delivery. The Community Crime Prevention Unit at DJCS facilitated a new approach to designing eight of the projects via a series of workshops in each local government area.  Individual projects were developed flexibly to be responsive to locally-identified needs of young people. The YCPG projects have been implemented over the last two years, supported by DJCS staff located centrally and in each region.

This presentation discusses the findings from the mid-term evaluation of the YCPG. Highlights and challenges will be summarised, along with how partnerships have worked in practice. The presentation will also focus on:

  • the use of partnerships through project implementation,
  • the intersection of government agencies with community organisations,
  • emerging outcomes for young people in the program,
  • how designing for place can influence project design, partnerships, and outcomes.

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