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NCJ Number: 209882 Find in a Library
Title: Youth Offending Strategy: Preventing and Reducing Offending and Re-Offending by Children and Young People
Author(s): Te Haonga
Date Published: April 2002
Page Count: 69
Sponsoring Agency: New Zealand Ministry of Justice
Wellington, New Zealand
Publication Number: ISBN 0-478-20174-5
Sale Source: New Zealand Ministry of Justice
Level 10, Charles Fergusson Bldg
Bowen Street
P.O. Box 180
Wellington,
New Zealand
Document: PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: New Zealand
Annotation: This paper presents New Zealand's Youth Offending Strategy (YOS), which aims to guide the Government in the development of juvenile justice policy and the coordination of the local delivery of juvenile justice services so as to prevent and reduce juvenile offending and reoffending.
Abstract: Principles reflected in the YOS are accountability for the youth who offend, recognition of the interests of victims, early intervention, procedural protection for juveniles in the justice system, age and developmental appropriateness of interventions, the use of best practice, consistency with the Treaty of Waitangi (guidelines for responding to offending by Maori juveniles), cultural responsiveness, youth participation, the strengthening of family and community links, and limiting involvement in the formal juvenile justice system. The YOS recommends a new delivery mechanism for preventing and responding to juvenile offending. It involves the development of local youth offending teams that will be composed of practitioners from child protection services, family services, the police, and the health and education sectors. Another feature of the new delivery mechanism is a Ministers Group and Senior Officials Group that will oversee the performance of the local teams and provide a coordinated and coherent national approach to the development of youth justice policy and services. A third component of the new delivery mechanism is an independent Advisory Council composed of key juvenile justice personnel, including the Principal Youth Court Judge and government and community representatives. Also recommended is the development of new comprehensive and intensive interventions for serious juvenile offenders, as well as measures to improve the quality of information about juvenile offending. 3 figures and appended summary of recommendations, statistics and trends, and programs and services
Main Term(s): Juvenile justice policies
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Family conferencing; Foreign juvenile justice systems; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile diversion programs; Juvenile Recidivism; Recidivism causes; Restorative Justice
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