There are four young Katherine people taking part in the NT Government's youth crime program, Back on Track.
There are 44 young people across the NT.
The Back on Track program was launched in Katherine back in September with the aim of reducing youth crime.
The numbers of youth involved in the program were released by the government today.
In Katherine, there are two youth, aged 14-17, and two children, aged 8-13, involved in the program.
These are young people who are taking part in youth diversion programs instead of facing court for potential crimes they have committed in Katherine.
Also, the Office of the Children's Commissioner says in its annual report the proportion of NT children subject to a notification to Territory Families is still above the national average, where over four in every 10 children in the Barkly Region are subject to a notification.
The Katherine region, called The Big Rivers region has a population of about 22,000 people, it is in the mid north of the Territory and spans the entire width of the Territory with Katherine as the major centre.
The report said 1896 children in Big Rivers were subject to a notification, or 28 per cent of all children in the region.
Eighty-one per cent of the notifications received by Territory Families related to Aboriginal children.
The bulk of notifications are made by police followed by schools and hospitals.
Territory Families has the power to remove a child under "provisional protection" from circumstances of immediate danger - where 'it is urgently needed to safeguard the wellbeing of the child'.
There were 58 cases of provisional protection in the Big Rivers region in the past year, the highest number in the Territory.
Most of the temporary placements in the NT last year were in the Big Rivers region - 20.
As at June 30, there were 1054 children in out-of-home care in the NT - 180 in Big Rivers.
Nine out of 10 children and young people in care are Aboriginal.
Responsibility for the youth crime crackdown has been handed over to non-government organisations such as the Kalano Community Association, Jesuit Social Services, Save the Children and the Australian Childhood Foundation.
Police, the courts, Territory Families and Education Department are also key to the new strategy.
Back on Track delivers programs which the government says have proven to stop offenders committing more crime.
It includes increased youth justice conferencing where courts order offenders to sit before victims and face up to the impacts of their actions.
Under the program, youth offenders in Katherine will be offered victim-offender conferences, which may include writing an apology letter or participating in intensive family support.
Back on Track is designed to prevent offending and reduce reoffending, ensure that offenders face the impact of their actions, and are put on a pathway to become productive members of our community.
For the first time, children under the age of criminal responsibility can be referred to services specifically designed for their age and level of risk.
The program involves four elements:
Element 1 - Assessment and case management
Element 2 - Consequences, reparation and giving back to the community
Element 3 - Life skills and cultural connection/Family capacity and responsibility
Element 4 - Vocational education and training leading to employment/Re-engagement with education
Territory Families Minister Dale Wakefield said: "The Government's Back on Track program tackles youth crime by giving Police and Courts the ability to get young people into youth diversion programs that are proven to reduce crime - such as victim conferencing.
"The 44 young people who are currently participating in the Back on Track program are working with our partner organisations who are experienced in working with at-risk young people to reduce offending and face the impacts of their actions.
Back on Track service provider Australian Childhood Foundation's CEO, Joe Tucci said: "Back on Track is one of the most important initiatives in youth justice in the country. It uses knowledge drawn from neuroscience to understand the backgrounds, needs and drivers of young people's behaviour.
"It then helps to develop plans that connect young people back to their family and community. Back on Track gives young people a real chance of changing the story of their lives now and into the future."
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