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community and sector partners and make it easier for children and young people to access the support they need at the right time for the right duration.
We are improving our services to ensure better information sharing and continuity of case management, removing duplication and barriers to effective service. Our emphasis is on working collaboratively with the community to achieve positive outcomes for our children and young people through the child protection, out of home care and youth justice systems.
As part of the new Child and Youth Protection Services, a new case management framework has been developed to provide a consistent approach to case planning with the young person and their care team. This increased focus on addressing therapeutic need through collaboration and participation includes the input of the education provider as part of the case planning process to hear the young person’s voice and assist them to achieve their goals and increase their community participation. This will ensure that the educational needs of each young person are addressed as part of a holistic response to support them.
We know young people in detention are at a particular risk of poorer life outcomes. Providing young people in youth detention with positive and meaningful educational experiences is important to their transition and positive ongoing engagement in the community. The Bimberi Youth Justice Centre is a unique youth justice centre compared with many other Australian jurisdictions. The centre caters for a diverse cohort of young offenders, including young people aged between 10 and 21 years, males and females and young offenders sentenced and on remand. This in itself presents challenges to providing appropriate and effective educational and vocational training programs and opportunities in a custodial setting.
Bimberi Youth Justice Centre and the Murrumbidgee Education and Training Centre work collaboratively to provide an individualised program to meet the identified needs of each young person. The Murrumbidgee Education and Training Centre conduct an assessment with every young person to identify their academic level, learning style, and education or vocational goals. A pathways plan is developed, which is incorporated in the young person’s case plan, and Bimberi Youth Justice Centre and the Murrumbidgee Education and Training Centre work to support each young person to achieve their goals.
The young people in the centre at the time will have a diverse range of academic skills, literacy and numeracy, and/or employment experiences available to them. The Murrumbidgee Education and Training Centre provides a flexible suite of programs developed to meet the needs of each young person. Programs offered include a certificate II in adult general education, years 11 and 12 studies and specialised programs for young people with low literacy and numeracy skills. In addition, the Murrumbidgee Education and Training Centre delivers a variety of vocational training programs. These include certificate II in hospitality, certificate II in business administration, certificate II in construction and certificates III and IV in fitness as well.