Roll out begins for $6.2M Kimberley Juvenile Justice Strategy.  

Published on Thursday, 16 July 2020 at 8:50:29 AM

Following the ease of COVID-19 restrictions, the State government has moved to the next stage of the Kimberley Juvenile Justice strategy (KJJS) with a $6.2 million injection.

During the first year of funding, the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre were engaged to undertake a consultation process across the Kimberley to identify a range of culturally based, community-led solutions for at-risk youth.

The new $6.2 million allocation for KJJS, aimed at reducing youth offending, will fund the continuation of safe-place grants, night patrols, Aboriginal Service WA support for young people in the justice system and an education industry skills program across different regions in Kimberley, including Wyndham and Kununurra.

Corrective Services Minister Francis Logan said that the ease of COVID-19 within the Kimberley region means work can now begin on implementing these newly funded initiatives.

"There is much work to be done, and this funding package will build on the previous commitment to support the wellbeing of young people in the Kimberley," said Logan

"The Department of Justice has worked with Kimberley communities and organisations on community-led initiatives to try to address the underlying issues in the region and co-design long-term solutions.

That consultation is ongoing as part of the strategy, and further initiatives by community-led organisations will continue to be explored."

The department of Justice continues to work with Kimberley communities on future initiatives.

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