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Early Intervention service system

1.     A cross portfolio and integrated Government response to the needs of vulnerable & marginalised young people ( Such as the Vulnerable Youth Framework  2010 that was signed off by 4 ministers) .
2.     Trauma informed & professional therapeutic services to young people with a childhood neglect & abuse.

3.     Funding of services and programs to respond to family violence and sexual abuse (including all youth related recommendations of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.

4.     Restore & increase funding to youth mental health, substance abuse and homeless support services.
5.     Significant investment in public education & pathways, programs and supports for young people at risk of or disengaging with mainstream education.

6.     Reverse funding cuts & increase funding to community legal centres (including Youthlaw) that assist the most vulnerable to protect & assert their legal rights.

Youth Diversion

7.     Fund primary intervention programs that target at risk young people
8.     Fund youth diversion programs that are flexible, trauma-informed, culturally relevant and available to all young people

9.     Legislate that youth diversion must be ordered & provided to young people before the Children’s Court

10.  Invest substantially in specific initiatives to address the high proportion of Koori young people in the criminal justice system.
11.  Take a well-being and restorative approach to young people in child protection residential and out of home care including practices that reduce police involvement in response to challenging behaviours of young people in care.
12.  Spent convictions legislation in Victoria to reduce life long impacts of having a criminal record.

A fairer fines system

13.    The early exit of young people with special circumstances and without capacity to pay from the infringements system.
14.  The Victorian infringements system for children (CAYPINS) to be abolished or reformed to prevent children from contact with the court or criminal justice systems.

Youth sentencing & detention

15.  Reduce the high number of young people on remand by reviewing bail and remand practices and funding more bail support services.

16.  Juvenile detention to have a key focus on therapeutic intervention to prevent further offending and towards this end adequate funding of experienced professionals to undertake this work & post-detention outreach to support young people and their families.

17.  Legislate to prevent the transfer of young people under 18 years from youth detention into the adult prison system.

18.  Reduce the unacceptable number of young people under 25 years, in the adult prison system

19..  Effective & tailored rehabilitation & facilities for young prisoners under 25 to address their specific needs & reduce recidivism including implementation of the recommendations of the Victorian Ombudsman report into the adult prison system (2015)

20.  Ban the solitary confinement of young people in detention.
21.  Amend the Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004, so that registration of young offenders is discretionary not mandatory and establish a Sex Offenders Registration Review Panel which has powers to terminate registration of a person where satisfied that no useful protective purpose is served by the registration continuing.

Justice Reinvestment

22.  Adopt and implement a justice reinvestment approach to reduce crime and incarceration and pilot Justice Reinvestment in Victoria with a focus on children and young people.

Police Accountability

23.  Reduce confrontations & escalations with young people including those that are life-threatening  through independent monitoring and evaluation of police training.
24.  Resource an effective independent investigatory body for misconduct complaints against police including mistreatment, excessive use of force and police shootings. (e.g. resource and expand the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) to independently investigate complaints against police)
25.  Target the deployment of PSOs at high crime stations only and provide more extensive training especially with regards to working in a professional, non-confrontational way with vulnerable young people.