We know that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to find themselves in the juvenile justice system.

Many young people are detained without sentence – and we know that incarceration can have devastating effects on young people.

“The incarceration of any young person should only ever be used after all other avenues of rehabilitation have been exhausted. These young people have suffered a life of poverty, abuse, homelessness, and have been exposed to criminal behaviour and drug and alcohol abuse from a young age, often through immediate family or close relatives.” Father Chris Riley

How we help

Youth workers and case workers from across Youth Off The Streets services offer court support for young people.

“We need to provide our young people with the appropriate assistance and treatment to help them to turn their lives around and ensure that they do not return to previous negative activities.” – Father Chris Riley

The Inner West Youth Homelessness Service runs a brokerage program that helps young people pay their legal expenses. Our Street Walk team maintains contact with young homeless people and offers court support to young people.

Campbelltown Court Support is run through our Aboriginal Justice Program. Chad Ritchie, our Director of Aboriginal Services, and senior youth worker Chris Standing mentor young Aboriginal men and teach them the value of respect. They promote respect for the obligations these young men have to present in court and respect for the presiding Magistrate. The role Chad and Chris pay as mentors encourages these young men to manage their own learning and development – and ultimately to become the people they want to be.

If you are not sure who you need to contact at Youth Off The Streets, complete this

If you are looking for a program or service near you that assists with legal stuff, please try Youth Point

If you are in immediate need, please call one of the following national 24/7 service numbers:

Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511
• 24/7 telephone service for acute mental health situation
• Will assist I providing a direct link with a local Mental Health Service

Lifeline – 13 11 14
• 24/7 telephone crisis support and suicide prevention and mental health support services (common issues include: personal crisis, anxiety, depression, loneliness, abuse, trauma, stress, self-help)
Online crisis support chat (7pm – 4am, everyday)
• www.lifeline.org.au

Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636
• 24/7 support for all ages regarding anxiety, depression, suicide and related issues
Online support chat (3pm – 12am, everyday)
• www.beyondblue.org.au

Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
• 24/7 telephone and online counselling to people aged 15+ who may be suicidal, be caring for someone who is suicidal, be bereaved by suicide
• www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

Family Drug Support – 1300 368 186
• 24/7 telephone support for families affected by alcohol and other drugs

Domestic Violence Line – 1800 656 463
• 24/7 telephone counselling, information and referrals for women and same sex partners who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence

1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732
• 24/7 telephone and online information and support – National sexual assault, domestic family violence counselling
• www.1800respect.org.au

Mensline – 1300 78 99 78
• 24/7 crisis support for men with family and relationship concerns
• Call back service including an Arabic call back service
Online and video counselling
• www.mensline.org.au

Link2Home – 1800 152 152
24/7 information, assessments and referrals to homeless support and accommodation services across NSW

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