Tender Opportunity to evaluate the youth crime prevention program “Connecting the Service Puzzle”
Through the governments Community Crime prevention Program, the Centre for Participation was awarded a further $100 000.00 for the ‘Connecting the Service Puzzle for Youth at Risk – Outreach to Mentoring’ project to continue to provide case management and support for highly vulnerable young people through the projects framework for identifying, engaging and providing linked services through a collective partnership during the 2021-2022 year.
The Youth Crime Prevention grants program aims to address offending behaviours and recidivism among young people aged 10-24 years who have had contact with or have demonstrated risk of being involved with the criminal justice system by building strong community involvement, address service gaps and improve service accessibility. The ‘Connecting the Service Puzzle for Youth at Risk – Outreach to Mentoring’ project is a multi-agency approach to supporting our most vulnerable and at-risk young people in the Horsham area.
The project was designed to focus on young people exhibiting risk factors that are classified by the Department of Justice and Community Safety as demonstrating offending and recidivist behaviours and considered “highly vulnerable” of becoming involved with the justice system.
Risk factors for “highly vulnerable” young people include behaviours such as criminal activity, drug and alcohol consumption, disengagement from family and/or family violence, left home or homelessness, not engaged with the education system and/or truancy, frequent unprotected sex and mental health issues affecting their personal and social functioning, and contact with Victoria Police.
The Project Governance Group has allocated $15,000 to undertake the scope of work. Conforming tenders would need to be within this monetary amount.