We’ll be looking at seven key areas of supporting young people over the next few months and starting to blog about each area, this blog is about housing in the Youth Justice space.

Key Facts

  1. There were about 5,500 young people (aged 10 and older) under youth justice supervision in Australia on an average day in 2015–16, due to their involvement, or alleged involvement, in crime. 
  2. 84% of those under supervision on an average day were supervised in the community and the remainder in detention.
  3. Almost half 48% of young people aged 10-17 under supervision on an average day were Indigenous
  4. Indigenous young people aged 10-17 were 17 times more likely to be under supervision

In support planning to avert or at post release stage of a young persons Youth Justice engagement have you considered the following in terms of Housing

- Housing - Is housing a contribution to offending behavior?

Yes it is when you consider the factors that affect young people in firstly, their housing background, secondly, the accessibility of affordable housing to young people and the support in maintaining accommodation with factors like peer pressure, poor financial management and lack of independent living skills etc occur. Working in a training centre in Australia and having been a senior housing executive in the UK, over-seeing youth, housing and offender services amongst others I've seen the impact poor housing conditions can have on young people in general and those with offending histories.

Here are a few observations from the accredited source regarding young people.

  • 63% have been victims of trauma, abuse and neglect
  • 45% have been on a previous child protection order, and 19% are on to a current order
  • 62% have been suspended or expelled from school
  • 30% present with mental health problems, and 18% have a history of self-harm
  • 11% are registered with Disability Services, and 24% have ‘issues concerning their intellectual functioning’
  • 40% of young people in youth justice centres had a parent or sibling with a history of imprisonment
  • 12% were parents themselves. 

(Source:yacvic.org.au)

  • How many young people are sofa-surfing with no fixed abode in each state?
  • Recidivism rates are fluctuating within a narrow percentage rate, but across Australia what is being done to stop the revolving door for young people?
  • Indigenous poor housing rates per capita in Australia are very high with varying measuring tools available, factors such as overcrowding, poor access/availability, poor cyclical maintenance works contribute to this. Are there indigenous models of housing across the world that Australia could learn from?
  • Is NAHA the right answer?
  • How many young people actually have the living skills appropriate to independent living post-release from a youth centre and are there providers for such programs?
  • Integrated support plans and inter-agency communication and accountability, how far does this go and are there any worthy examples that could be held up as industry standard models?


To discuss further please leave a reply or contact Robert Taylor on info@urbanmovemententertainments.com