New Youth Justice Officer recruits complete initial training

A group of 25 new Youth Justice Officer recruits have completed their first block of training in Darwin

Territory Families’ 25 new Youth Justice Officer (YJO) recruits graduated during a ceremony at the NT Police College recently after successfully completing an initial five weeks of full-time training.

Following graduation, 13 of the new YJOs will now based at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin and 12 at the Alice Springs Youth Detention Centre where they are continuing their training.

This will include a range of on-the-job components over the next 12 months such as ‘shadow’ shifts with experienced YJOs along with additional professional skills and theory training modules.

YJO training is now the more comprehensive Certificate IV in Youth Justice and current YJOs will be undertaking professional development relevant to the new qualification.

Topics covered in the training include: cross cultural awareness, understanding the judicial system, communication, safe work practices, drug and alcohol awareness, suicide awareness/safe talk, ethics and conduct, understanding the impact of trauma on young people and how it can affect their behaviour and brain development, individual and behaviour management plans, foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, first responding officer, crime scene preservation, evidence handling and work health and safety.

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