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29 November 2018

Out-Teach Mobile Education project recognised for re-engaging youth who have been in contact with the justice system

Tasmania’s Out-Teach Mobile Education project today received a gold award in the community-led category of the 2018 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA).

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

The Out-Teach Mobile Education project employs a specialist teacher to work one-on-one with students around Tasmania who are in contact with the justice system and are disengaged from learning.

Save the Children State Manager, Lisa Cuatt said: “We find that using a mobile classroom in both outdoor and informal settings allows us to engage with the hardest-to-reach students, and we help build a pathway for them into education or vocational training.”

“We provide a holistic approach, the teachers work closely with youth workers from Save the Children to increase protective factors and to reduce youth crime.”

Youth Programs Coordinator, Cathy Gibson said: “Winning this award from the Australian Institute of Criminology recognises Out Teach Mobile Education as an effective program to reduce crime and violence.”

These annual awards recognise the outstanding contributions being made across Australia for crime prevention, including the development and implementation of practical projects to reduce violence and other types of crime in the community.

Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Michael Phelan APM said: “Out-Teach Mobile Education project is an innovative model that provides alternative learning environments for young people at risk.”

“The program is achieving excellent results. Not only are they re-engaging youth with opportunities, they are reducing ongoing criminal activity.

“In a three year period, 80 per cent did not return to court on new charges and 89 per cent did not return to or enter detention,” he said.

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

Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine said: “Crime and violence prevention isn’t only a police responsibility—it’s a community issue.”

“Together we work with organisations and other key stakeholders to help prevent crime and violence against the community and reduce the impact of crime on everyday Tasmanians.

“Tasmania Police is pleased to support these awards as a way of raising awareness to help make our community safer,” he said.

The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, coordinated by the AIC and co-sponsored by the Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management.

Learn more about this gold winning  project in our video

For more information about the award winners, visit www.aic.gov.au/acvpa

 

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29 November 2018