Gold Coast youth boot camp trial announced

22 Aug 2012 9:39 AMJann Stuckey

22 August 2012

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP has welcomed the announcement of the Gold Coast as one of the two locations for the State Government’s youth boot camp trial.

“I applaud the Attorney General for bringing about this 2 year trial for an early intervention camp on the Gold Coast and a sentenced youth boot camp in Cairns,” Ms Stuckey said.

“For too long our at-risk-youth have fallen through the cracks due to an absence of support programs and this approach focussing on early intervention is long overdue.

“Youth between the ages of 13 and 17 who display anti-social behaviour will be targeted by the Gold Coast program which is designed to prevent them from entering the youth justice system.

“Support from the child’s parents will be vitally important to help change behaviours and attitudes, identify issues in the young person’s life and instil the values of self-respect and discipline.

“Local police, schools and the health system will be asked to refer youth deemed to be a high-risk of offending to be a part of this program.

“With over 80 young people involved in these two trials the Newman Government is providing our youth with the opportunity for rehabilitation and a real, positive alternative to a life in crime. 

“Organisations are invited to apply through a formal tender process to operate a boot camp and partner with existing community-based services to respond to the identified needs of young people and their families.

“An information session for organisations interested in making a submission will be held at Mermaid Beach Youth Justice Service on 30 August 2012 from 10am – 12pm.

“Selection of appropriate service providers to deliver these programs will be an important step in making sure we can improve the behaviours of young people in Queensland.

Further information on the specifics of youth boot camps can be found at www.justice.qld.gov.au/youth-justice

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