4 June 2018

Young people who have already come into contact with the justice system in Groote Eylandt will be supported to get their lives on the right path with their first Senior Youth Outreach and Re-engagement Officer (YOREO) starting work.

The new Senior YOREO will be in the role for the next three months while recruitment is underway to permanently fill the position.

Minister for Territory Families Dale Wakefield said that the work of the YOREOs are an important part of the Territory Labor Government’s Youth Justice Reform strategy.

“We need to help young people get on the right path and away from the cycle of crime. We want them to thrive and become productive members of our community. To achieve that, we need to support them and their families and connect them to services that meet their individual needs,” Ms Wakefield.

“Senior YOREOs can achieve this as they are specialist youth workers who can identify and work with at-risk youths. They can also manage youths who are on court orders and re-engage them to make positive life choices.”

Member for Arnhem Selena Uibo said that enhanced youth services are welcomed in Groote Eylandt.

“Better youth services are much needed on Groote to meet the unique needs of our vulnerable young people. The new Senior YOREO will also have the role of co-ordinating youth activities and develop a Groote Eylandt Youth Action Plan in partnership with NGOs and other key stakeholders,” Ms Uibo said.

“This is an important position that is integral to supporting our young people and their families in Groote Eylandt.”

The new Senior YOREO Mr Dylan Robinson has had extensive experience in the area of youth services across the Territory including six months acting as the YOREO Team Leader in Tennant Creek, as part of the NTG’s Barkly Regional Action Plan. He has a Graduate Certificate in Development Trauma and is looking forward to engaging with the community in Groote Eylandt.

“I look forward to contributing to the Groote Eylandt community and develop bright futures for young people who live there,” Mr Robinson said.

“I will be working with young people and their families, other Government agencies, and local NGO services to support young people seen to be at risk or vulnerable.

“My aim is to connect these young Territorians to relevant education, training, counselling and medical services, so that they can make informed life choices and contribute to their local community.”

The Senior YOREOs form part of the 52 Youth Diversion Workers announced by the Territory Labor Government in early 2017. In addition to Groote Eylandt, they have regional footprints in Alice Springs, Palmerston, Nhulunbuy, Katherine, and Tennant Creek.

Media Contact: Paige Nguyen 0428 727 244

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