Youth Justice Leadership & Advisory Project


Youth Justice Project

What is it? 

The Youth Justice Leadership & Advisory Project has been developed to assist the Commissioner hear and respond to the voices of young people involved with the Youth Justice system in South Australia.

The Youth Justice group, facilitated by Australian Red Cross, is discussing topics related to our youth justice system and other youth related policies and legislation.

This includes looking at ways to improve the court and supervision systems, as well as detention and social inclusion approaches applied across the community.

Issues for discussion are identified by the Commissioner and/or the participants themselves.


The Commissioner has met with South Australian young people aged 14-18 years who have had direct contact with the justice system.

These young people have provided valuable advice to the Commissioner and other government authorities, on issues in the justice system that are impacting on them the most. 

Their contributions will help to elevate the voices of young people through recommendations that will be presented to South Australia’s youth justice system by the Commissioner on their behalf. 

In addition to their advisory function, Youth Justice project participants will be supported to undertake a leadership development program. This bespoke program will help to develop the group’s capacity to advise appropriately by working from a strengths-based approach to build their leadership skills. This involves looking at their individual values, strengths and communication skills, combining them in ways that will demonstrate the effectiveness of working as a group.

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