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Date posted: 4 September 2013
New South Wales (NSW) Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Greg Smith SC announced over $12 million in Government funding to support vulnerable young people who are at risk of becoming entrenched in the criminal justice system.
The money will be provided over the next three years to community organisations under the Juvenile justice joint support program and will provide casework management, employment placement and support, crisis and long term accommodation as well as family intervention services. The program will target young people who are supervised by Juvenile Justice and have been assessed as at risk of re-offending.
'We know that young people often offend for a number of reasons, including homelessness, family and peer influence and drug and alcohol addiction. The Joint support program will address those issues on a case by case basis and support will be tailored to reduce the young person's risk of re-offending.' said Mr Smith.
Organisations were invited to tender for funding in each Juvenile Justice region and after a competitive and a rigorous assessment process funding agreements have being signed with the following successful tenderers:
Source: Department of Attorney General and Justice New South Wales