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Reintegration puzzle conference

June 2010

Sarah Niblock, Senior Disability Advisor,

Disability Forensic Assessment and Treatment Services, Victoria

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Young People With a Disability in the Victorian Youth Justice System: Ensuring a Collaborative Approach

Reintegration Puzzle Conference 2010

Sarah Niblock

24 June 2010

senior disability adviser sda a collaboration
Aims: to build capacity of youth justice and disability client services staff to effectively respond to the needs of young people with a disability involved in the youth justice system with a focus on youth justice custodial facilities.

Also focuses on strengthening and supporting collaboration between Disability Services and Youth Justice throughout the case management process.

Funded by Disability Services and Youth Justice (Victoria)

State-wide role and ongoing since 2008

Senior Disability Adviser (SDA) – : a Collaboration
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Client Group is all young people involved with the youth justice system in Victoria who have a registered disability

Works with a variety of agencies

Works at Parkville Youth Justice Precinct and Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre

Based at and managed by the Disability Forensic Assessment Treatment Service (DFATS)

Reports to a high level of departmental interface committee

Contributes to broader disability, youth justice and youth justice custodial policy and service planning

Governance

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Secondary consultation to youth justice staff.

Staff development for YJCC staff and Disability Client Services staff.

Building knowledge of YJCC staff about Disability, supports and services, and provision of resources.

Establish effective networks between regional disability services, youth justice, youth custodial, education and health services.

Assist with joint case planning, exit planning for young people in custody, including advising on individual behaviour management strategies.

Promotion of protocol between Youth Justice and Disability Client Services

Key activities

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The role has continued to evolve within a context of legislation, practice and policy developments

Revised Protocol between Disability Services and Youth Justice (2009)

Joint and individual responsibilities at difference stage of contact with justice system

key collaboration points: assessment, identification of supports and services, and information sharing

Co-signing of parole plans developed by Youth Justice before returned to the Youth Parole Board

For further information about the protocol, see http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/344122/ds_and_youth justice_guidelines_for_workers_pdf_0509.pdf

At times the focus of statutory and voluntary services can differ – collaboration is critical

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Role is informed by a range of information and data sources

Specific tools are utilised to assist with identification of young people with a disability:

Self identification on arrival in custody.

Use of the Victorian Offending Needs Indicator for Youth (VONIY).

Identified through external reports, behaviour in custody, or collaboration with other stakeholders.

Databases such as the Client Relationship Information System (CRIS) are used to inform service planning.

Consultation with Disability Services, Youth Services and Youth Justice Custodial services.

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Referrals to SDA – Indigenous status

Cultural Background of Clients

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Current challenges

Identification of young people with a Disability.

Increased presentation of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

Complexity of cognitive assessments

Ensuring responsitivity to needs of young people from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) background.

Complex presentations of young men and women with a Disability that exhibit violence and other behaviours of concern.

Multiple agency involvement including Child Protection and Non – Government agencies.

teamwork is vital
Teamwork is vital

Source: The Guardian Weekly, 28 May 2010

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Seeks to capacity build within custody centres and across the state

Strengthening formal linkages between Youth Justice and Disability Services and encouraging collaborative practices

Assisting with staff development for YJCC and regional disability client services staff around specific needs of client group and collaborative practice

Assisting to develop workable and practical interventions that will divert young people with a disability away from the youth justice system

Facilitating understanding and cooperation around the revised Protocol between Youth Justice and Disability Services – and guidelines for workers (2009)

Capacity building of youth justice and disability services staff

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Outcomes

Increased understanding amongst youth justice custodial staff of how to work with young people with a disability

Increased use of positive behaviour management strategies by youth justice staff with young people.

Greater understanding amongst youth justice staff understanding of disability service system and how to access

More active involvement of disability services staff in exit and parole planning for young people.

Improved working relationships between youth justice and disability client services as well as with other agencies such as the Statewide ABI Paediatric Coordination Service.

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Further Outcomes …

Increase in the engagement of young people in custody with disability services case management

Increase in number of referrals from custodial staff to the SDA over a two year period Skill development through workforce and learning initiatives – collaborative training and provision of induction training for new YJ and DCS case managers\

Increased engagement by Disability Client Services case managers at Youth Parole Board and greater involvement in exit planning

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Future priorities and opportunities

Building on the knowledge base of youth justice staff on working with young people with a disability:

Understanding nature of disabilities

Positive behaviour supports

Pathways into assessment

How to access support services in the community for young people with a disability.

Assisting with the ongoing training of youth justice staff on:

Positive behaviour strategies

Effective communication strategies.

Further contribute to policy and service planning.

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Sarah Niblock, Senior Disability Advisor

Sarah.Niblock@dhs.vic.gov.au

(w): 03 9389 4435

(m): 0417 120 691

Contact details