Diversion for young people
In early October 2012, Catholic Social Services Victoria submitted a response to a Victorian Government Discussion Paper on diversion for young people. This submission draws on the experience and insights of these various member organisations that has been gained through their work to meet the needs of their communities. It complements individual submissions from several of our members.
A key recommendation is that it is crucial that diversion be considered for young people at their first points of involvement with the criminal justice system and for those who are chronic offenders, to prevent their further progression into the justice system.