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Youth justice reforms take shape

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Significant changes to legislation were passed in parliament yesterday completing the transfer of responsibility of youth justice and youth detention to Territory Families.

The changes will mean Territory Families will be the single agency responsible for youth justice and youth detention, separate from adult corrections.

“This was a key promise going into the last election and we are doing what we said we would do. Bringing youth justice and child protection under one agency is key to reforming the broken child protection and youth justice systems,” Minister for Territory Families, Dale Wakefield said.

“A hallmark of a contemporary youth justice system is the recognition that children are different to adults and much more likely to respond to therapeutic interventions, education and re-engagement in the community. It gets better results and helps get kids on the right path," she said.

The Government says the revised Act ensures young people are dealt with in a manner appropriate for their age and level of maturity.