Indigenous Justice Program ('IJP') Case Worker
Regional Youth Support Services
The Role – Case Worker, Indigenous Justice Program (‘IJP’)
The Indigenous Justice Program (IJP) provides housing and intensive casework to Indigenous young men between 16 and 18 years of age leaving detention of the Frank Baxter Detention Centre at Kariong. The program also targets Indigenous young women and men from the NSW Central Coast on Juvenile Justice Orders to reduce their risk of further reoffending and reincarceration. The service is voluntary, flexible, and tailored to meet the individual and cultural needs of the young people. A high focus of the program is living skills and accommodation support. This program targets young Indigenous people at risk of offending and provides case management services to reduce the risks with young people disengaged, or at risk of disengagement from their community.
IJP is funded by the Australian Government Attorney General’s Department and is based on close working relationships between Juvenile Justice, Pacific Link (community housing provider), and RYSS. While participation in the IJP program is voluntary, the young people accessing the service may be referred directly by the Baxter Centre, Juvenile Justice (whose supervision they are mandated to receive) or other referral agencies.