Co-designing systemic solutions to youth justice by including youth and community voices in strategies for prevention and rehabilitation

3 – 6 September 2024 | Pullman, Brisbane

Event overview

The youth justice system is a legal framework and set of institutions aimed at addressing the needs of young individuals who have committed offenses.

Currently, there is no unified approach across states and territories regarding youth justice, resulting in inconsistency in legislation, policies and practices across Australia. The lack of federal direction in this area directly impacts the futures of young people and their engagement within communities and the youth justice system.

The 2nd National Youth Justice Forum will address the youth justice crisis by assessing the causes of youth crime and developing practical strategies for community-led diversion and early-intervention practices. This event will include Indigenous and youth voices to co-design systemic change and address the on-going impacts of intergenerational trauma on families and communities. It will improve wrap-around and holistic services approaches for prevention and strategise against recidivism through social reinvestment opportunities. The forums’ co-location with The National Child Protection Forum will address intersecting issues of child safety and foster cross sector communication.

Additionally, The 2nd National Youth Justice Forum will support grass roots and Indigenous organisations by developing grant application and reporting skills. Overall, the focus of the 2nd National Youth Justice Forum is to protect young people by ensuring their futures by diverting them from the youth justice system and reoffence.

Attend this Forum and learn how to:

Include Indigenous and community voices to co-design solutions for systemic change

Tackling the youth detention crisis by confronting the impacts of intergenerational trauma on families and communities

Develop prevention and early intervention strategies through community led diversion and reinvestment

Deliver wrap-around and holistic support services designed to address First Nations youth crime and recidivism

Implement integrated approaches and collaborative efforts across the child protection and youth justice systems

Improve grant application and reporting skills for increased revenue by exploring various funding models

As we finalise the agenda for this exciting event,
we’re on the lookout for dynamic case studies and speakers that will inspire and educate.
If you have a story to share or know of someone who does, please don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know!

Key speakers

Kate Bjur
General Manager
Peak Care QLD
Adam Demamiel
Boys to the Bush
Meena Singh
Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People
Commission for Aboriginal Children and Young People (VIC)
John Lawrence SC
James Muirhead Chambers
Dr Mindy Sotiri
Executive Director
Justice Reform Initiative

Who Should Attend

Those responsible for designing and delivering outh Justice policies, programmes and services from:

Job Titles:


Youth Justice and Detention centres

Courts – state + federal

Justice Health / Forensic Mental Health Police – State

Aboriginal (and non-Aboriginal) Community Organisations

2024 Partners

Supporting Partners

The National Suicide Preventiion & Trauma Recovery Project