The New Zealand Youth Offending Strategy: Innovation In The Health/Youth Justice Interface

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Authors: Basia Arnold, NEW ZEALAND.

Year: 2004

Event: 2004 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Young People & the Justice System

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 0975765302

Abstract: Despite acknowledged high needs for health and in particular mental health and alcohol and other drug treatment, young offenders have been badly served by the New Zealand health system in years past. This presentation will outline how this is changing and the challenges and barriers that have been overcome. The New Zealand Youth Offending Strategy, launched in April 2002, breaks new ground by including the Health and Education sectors as full partners with Youth Justice and Police in working with young offenders. The strategy takes a whole of life perspective and acknowledges that consideration of the wider health and social determinants are essential in a holistic approach to the management of youth offending. As a result of the implementation of the strategy, there is now a clear system of governance that allows people on the ground to communicate their concerns and successes directly to central government.

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