Youth justice is for children and young people who have, or are alleged to have committed an offence.
It gives them a genuine opportunity to change their lives for the better without getting a criminal record, and to make positive strides forward.
We aim to work in partnership with others to address the underlying factors that contribute to offending as early as possible, to reduce the potential for lifelong offending. We also want to better support victims to participate in youth justice processes.
Youth justice family group conferences
Youth justice family group conferences (FGCs) give the child or young person – with their whānau, victims and professionals – a chance to help find solutions when they have offended.
Children who offend
When a child (10–14 years) breaks the law, we work with them in a way that carefully considers their age, along with any whānau or family issues that may be affecting their safety and behaviour.
If you’re a victim of a crime committed by a young person, you have the right to attend their youth justice family group conference (FGC).
Youth justice residences
Residences provide a safe, secure and supportive environment where young people can get their lives back on track and improve their prospects for the future.
Youth Justice Community Homes
Being able to stay connected to their family, whānau and community gives young people going through the youth justice system a better chance of getting back on track.