Youth outreach officers take up new role

New youth outreach workers start roles supporting young Territorians and their communities

Thirty-nine new youth outreach workers will be seen out and about from this week in their new roles supporting young Territorians and their communities.

The Youth Outreach and Re-engagement Officers (YOREOs) began their youth support roles after graduation ceremonies in Alice Springs and Darwin on Friday 12 May.

The YOREO initiative is a one of a program of reforms and improvements to the NT’s youth justice system, and will be based in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Palmerston/Darwin and Nhulunbuy.

The outreach officers will be working with youth and their families, other government agencies and local NGO services to support young people seen to be at risk of offending. Their aim is to connect these young Territorians to relevant education, training, counselling and medical services so they can make positive life choices and contribute to their local community.

They will also support victims of youth crime, by encouraging them to take part in restorative justice sessions which provide a forum for young offenders to be faced with the consequences of their actions.

The newly-graduated youth workers completed three weeks of intensive training on case management, restorative practices, working with young people with complex behavioural and emotional issues and engagement techniques.

The YOREO team also includes professional and operational support staff to assist frontline workers to connect with other NGO and government service providers such as counsellors, medical services and local education or training opportunities.

There will be a second round of recruitment for more YOREOs later in the year.

Darwin youth outreach officers at their graduations

Above: Darwin youth outreach officers at their graduation, with Territory Families CEO Ken Davies (centre back)

Below: Alice Springs youth outreach officers at their graduation, with Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan (right)

Alice Springs youth outreach officers at their graduations

Alice Springs youth outreach officers at their graduation