Keeping our “Youth on Track”
It's no surprise that a high proportion of crimes committed by youths are repeat offences rather than one-offs. Fortunately, a program called Youth on Track will be implemented in attempts to break this ongoing cycle of crime. New funding in regional NSW has been allocated towards this program, which currently has a near 90 per cent success rate.
Youth on Track is receiving a total of $14.5 million in funding to allow them to continue to work one on one with young people to separate treatment from punishment and to support them to help reduce the probably of a re-offence. About 310 young people will participate in the program across NSW each year. Almost 90 per cent of young people who have participated in the course previously have either stabilised or reduced their contact with police.
Funds will be allocated towards centres in New England, the Central West, Mid North Coast and Hunter. Centacare NENW will coordinate the program in the New England region, providing young offenders with a life-changing opportunity to get back on track.
As part of the program, teachers and police can refer 10-17 year olds to the service who they believe run a high-risk of re-offending. Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson is one of a number of our Nationals' MPs excited to see the rollout of the program:
“This is fantastic news to see a local organisation deliver this innovative program that will help address youth crime in the New England area,” said Kevin.
Picture(R-L): Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson, Centacare Caseworker Meghan Lindsay and Centacare NENW CEO Fergus Fitzsimons celebrating the funding win for the organisation.