Design, delivery and evaluation of Qld Youth Justice’s Transition 2 Success (T2S) therapeutic and vocational service model

Mr Nicholas Dwyer1, Mrs Natasha Doherty2

1Department Child Safety, Youth And Women, Brisbane, Australia, 2Deloitte Access Economics

Transition 2 Success (T2S) is a therapeutic and vocational service model delivered within the community to young people aged 15-17 who are involved, or at risk of involvement, in the justice system due to a prolonged disengagement from education, training or employment.  The model is based on the delivery of nationally recognised certificates within a therapeutic context and seeks to develop the personal, social and practical skills young people need to access and maintain pro-social opportunities.    T2S teams work in close collaboration with Registered Training Organisations, community agencies, private businesses and other government agencies to share resources and expertise with the view of providing opportunities for participants to transition into a positive pathway.

The T2S program was established in 2015 in Queensland in response to the continued risk of offending by young people due to prolonged disengagement from education, training or employment.  A high proportion of young people referred and enrolled in T2S are those who have exhausted mainstream opportunities and who require alternative, intensive support.

T2S is currently delivered in eleven Youth Justice Service Centres in Qld and was recently subject to an external evaluation conducted by Deloitte Access Economics.  The Evaluation found that T2S was having a signficant impact on re/offending rates, reduced time spent in custody for participants and provided value for money as demonstrated through a cost-benefit analysis.   Building on the success of T2S is a government commitment noted in the recent Qld Youth Justice Strategy.


Biography:

Nick Dwyer:

Nick has worked as a public servant for approaching 20 years, primarily in senior leadership roles within Qld Youth Justice.  In 2015 as Manager of Western Districts YJSC, Nick drove the inception of the Transition 2 Success service model to support marginalised young people with complex learning and behavioural needs to reengage with education and training.  Now as Director, Youth Justice Practice Development and Implementation, Nick is leading the implementation of a suite of departmental initiatives that will reform Youth Justice service delivery in Qld.

Natasha Doherty:

Natasha is a Partner within the Health Economics and Social Policy team in Deloitte Access Economics. She has over 15 years’ experience in program and policy evaluation including health, and community services industry. Natasha works with government and non-profit clients to inform evidenced based practices and policy to enhance quality of life for Australians.

Natasha has worked on a variety of evaluations at a national, state and local level, with particular focus in the areas of acute health services, primary health, mental health, innovation and redesign programs, and funding model assessments. Undertaking a variety of evaluations including applying development and participatory approaches.

Natasha has worked in the design of innovative outcomes based funding models including payment by outcomes and impact investing, and was the lead author of the Practical Guide to Understanding Social Costs published by Impact Investing Australia.

Australasian Youth Justice Conference

The Australasian Youth Justice Administrators (AYJA) hosts a bi-annual Australasian Youth Justice Conference (AYJC) for academics, practitioners, and government and non-government agencies to drive and showcase youth justice initiatives and innovations nationally and internationally.  Learnings from these conferences contribute to evidence-based responses for youth justice and provide new ideas for youth justice at both a jurisdictional, national and international level.  EMAIL: secretariat@ayja.org.au

AYJA is working in collaboration with Juvenile Justice New South Wales (JJ NSW) and the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) to deliver the third AYJC in 2019.

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