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Save the Children engages young people in Tasmania who are on bail and support them to make positive changes in their lives.
Our Supporting Young People on Bail program does just this. We work with young people in Tasmania aged 12 to 18 who have been placed on bail.
Why working with young people on Bail is important
Research shows that Tasmania has the highest rate of youth offenders in Australia. Yet, there is a lack of services for young people who have been placed on bail in Tasmania.
Save the Children’s Supporting Young People on Bail program
Our youth workers provide individual mentoring and support to young people on bail in Hobart and Launceston. All too often, our youth workers are the first positive role models the young people have ever had.
Our youth workers provide practical support such as help registering for school or vocational courses. This support helps young people set goals that can be included in their Bail Support Plans. It also helps to strengthen their relationship so the youth worker can broach more difficult but important topics such as drug and alcohol concerns.
How we know we’re helping young Tasmanians
Since the program began in 2011, about 69 percent of the young people we’ve worked with have received reduced sentences and 56 percent have not returned to court.
It is an innovative and important part of our national youth engagement program, which aims to create better lives for young Australians.
Who makes our program possible
Improving the lives of young people on bail is made possible by the support of generous Australians and the Tasmanian Community Fund.