In collaboration with the Department of Justice and Community Safety Victoria, the Australasian Youth Justice Administrators (AYJA) will partner with Swinburne University of Technology to deliver the 5th Australasian Youth Justice Conference: Strengthening Connections: The Power of Relationships and Strong Service Partnerships. This three-day conference seeks to bring together policy contributors, clinicians, legal decision makers, advocates, researchers and those with lived experience to work together and learn from each other through presentations, keynote addresses, Q & A, and panel discussions.
The theme for AYJC 2024 is Strengthening Connections: The Power of Connections and Strong Service Partnerships, with two major streams Culture a powerful connection to identity, empowerment and self-determination and Building safe, stable and connected workforces.
In addition, six sub-streams for AYJC 2024 are:
- Using innovation and technology to drive connection and best practice
- Understanding and supporting young people’s positive development and social identity
- Working together to create alternative pathways for 10–13-year-olds
- Partnerships to navigate complex needs
- Sharing challenges, and achievements in contemporary youth justice practice
Life experiences are highly influenced by relationships and shared connections. Strong relationships and quality interconnections between people and services aid transition between community and custody, enhance practice, strengthen workforces, empower cultural and family relationships and improve a range of outcomes for young people in youth justice, their families and communities. Cultural connection through storytelling in Australia and whakapapa (lineage, tribes and land) in Aotearoa/New Zealand needs to be supported and encouraged to navigate connectedness and give a voice to young people. This Conference will provide a platform to hear from those voices.
Visit the conference website for more details.