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ACT Government’s Community Services Directorate recognised for preventing youth crime

Media release

23 November 2016

The Blueprint for Youth Justice in the ACT project today received a gold award in the community-led category of the 2016 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA).

The ACVPAs recognise good practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.

“The Blueprint is a ten-year, whole of government and community plan to reduce youth crime by better supporting young people,” said Executive Director, Child and Youth Protection Services, Dr Mark Collis.

“It recognises that efforts to keep young people safe, strong and connected are a shared responsibility, which must be balanced with a commitment to maintain a safe and inclusive community.

“The Blueprint's success is the result of community and government collaborative efforts to reduce the number of young people in contact with the ACT youth justice system. Outcomes are demonstrating that the Blueprint's focus on early intervention, prevention and diversion is sound policy and practice,” Dr Collis said.

This year, the ACVPA celebrates its 25th year of rewarding outstanding community-based crime and violence prevention projects.

“This is a long-term, multi-agency and cross-sectoral strategic plan aiming to achieve a community where fewer children and young people are engaged in, or at risk of, offending. The initiative has been recognised by the ACVPA as it aims to ensure the ACT community is a safer and better place to live,” said acting Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Chris Dawson APM.

The projects are assessed each year by the ACVPA Board, which consists of senior law enforcement representatives from each state and territory police service and is chaired by the AIC Director.

The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, coordinated by the AIC and co-sponsored by the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council.

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