The NT Government will continue to fund Community Youth Diversion programs in more than a dozen remote communities across the Top End and Central Australia.
Funding is part of a $3.155 million per annum investment by the Government for the reform and ongoing delivery of CYD programs for 10-17 year-olds.
CYD programs offer case management services, programs and activities for young people subject to formal police youth diversion.
The funding is extra to the programs launched in Katherine and Ngukurr last year.
About 26 children are involved in police youth diversion programs in Katherine at any one time.
CYD programs will now be operated by Adjumarllarl Aboriginal Corporation in Gunbalanya and Jabiru; Thamarrurr Development Corporation in Wadeye and Peppimenarti; and MacDonnell Regional Council - MacYouth in Amoonguna, Areyonga, Haasts Bluff, Hermannsburg, Kintore, Mount Liebig, Papunya, Santa Teresa and Titjikala.
Responsibility for the youth crime crackdown in Katherine 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.
Youth diversion in the NT allows police and the courts to divert young people from 10-17 away from the criminal youth justice system.
The government estimates about 45 youth will be involved in the youth diversion program, administered now by Kalano, and the new Back on Track program.
Darwin, Alice Springs, Tiwi Islands and Tennant Creek providers will be announced late next month.
Youth diversion aims to direct young people away from the formal youth justice system at early stages of coming to the attention of police and exhibiting offending behaviours.
It does this by helping to build strategies so they don't reoffend and providing services that improve their chances of a positive future.
Territory Families Minister Dale Wakefield said: "Youth diversion is an important strategy to ensure young people are held accountable for their offending and have opportunities to change their behaviour.
"The CYD program helps to create safer communities by addressing the needs of youth; empowering them to right their wrongs by ensuring they understand the impact of their behaviour on victims, community and family; and providing strong, collaborative support services once they have completed the program.
"We know prevention and diversion programs work, and that's why the Government is investing in programs like Community Youth Diversion."
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