Ms Katherine Danylak1, Commander Tim Hansen2
1Victoria Police, Melbourne, Australia, 2Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, Swinburne University , Melbourne, Australia
Victoria Police is trialling the Embedded Youth Outreach Program (EYOP) – an ambitious and targeted approach aimed at reducing youth offending across two Melbourne metropolitan trial sites (west and south east).
The EYOP is a collaborative initiative which sees a police officer paired with a youth worker operating outside of business hours, to reflect the time of day when young people are most likely to be at risk of offending or victimisation. The pilot project aims to reduce long-term involvement in the criminal justice system by engaging with the young person and their family, assessing their needs and referring them to youth-specific supports.
The project is being concurrently evaluated by the research team led by Professor James Ogloff from the Centre for Forensic Behavioural at Science Swinburne University. Early findings are suggesting that this very unique model has opened opportunities for engagement and service linkage that would not be available with police members responding alone. The evaluation is utilising quantitative and qualitative methods to assess the EYOP. This provides an opportunity to build an evidence base and strengthen the existing model by making evidence based iterative changes.
This presentation will summarise the findings from the evaluation of the first year of service delivery, explore the EYOP incubation process during the design phase, analyse the current partnership between frontline police and youth workers, and identify challenges and opportunities which have emerged over the course of the past 12 months.
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