Youth Diversion Program

The Youth Diversion Program operates under the theory of restorative justice rather than more formal court processes. The program is an opportunity for young offenders to take responsibility and accountability for their actions. The diversion process is a voluntary program where young people (10-18 years) who have had involvement in the justice system are assessed by a case worker. Following assessment the young person must attend a youth justice conference to decide their alternative restitution as opposed to attending court and receiving a criminal record. Outcomes can be in the form of community service, or commitment to restoring the harm done to others.

A key principle of restorative justice is including both victims and offenders in the process of restoration. Young offenders in the Youth Diversion Program are encouraged to recognise the effect their actions have on others and the harm caused to the victim. This has shown to be the most effective and useful alternative to a court appearance.

Who can we help?

The Youth Diversion Program is voluntary for young people (10-18 years) who have had involvement in the justice system are assessed by a case worker.

Is there a cost involved?

It’s free, there are no fees involved in this program.

Where can I access this service?

This program runs in Alice Springs. Click here to find your closest Relationships Australia office.

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