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Early intervention youth boot camp
Tender information session
Gold Coast 30 August 2012
Outline of session
This presentation will cover the following:
• Background
• Program objectives
• Target group
• Referral pathway
• Features of service delivery
• Service delivery responsibilities
• Requirements for funding eligibility
• Key budget areas
• Key dates/milestones
• The Queensland Government made an election
commitment as part of its Safer Streets Crime Action
Plan to trial boot camps for young people.
Program development
• review of international literature
• Ministerial Round Table
• written submissions
• meetings with existing boot camp service providers.
Key messages from literature
Research has demonstrated that youth boot camps will be
most effective if they:
• provide structure, discipline and physical activity
• allow for personal development and self-esteem
building through physical activities
• address the causes of crime
• provide ongoing support to young people after they
return to the community.
Key messages of consultation
• responsive to needs of young people
• underpinned by integrated case management framework
• involve aftercare and mentoring
• involve family members
• be evidence-based
• reflect the specific needs to Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander young people…
Key messages of consultation continued…
• limit time young people are removed from the community
• target young people before they become entrenched in
the criminal justice system
• respond to the specific needs of females
• exclude young people who may place participants at risk
• be evaluated.
Two youth boot camp models developed:
• Early Intervention Youth Boot Camp (EIYBC)
• Two year trial at Gold Coast involving 40 participants
• Targeting young people before they are entrenched in the
criminal justice system.
• Sentenced Youth Boot Camp (SYBC)
• Two year trial at Cairns involving 40 participants
• Targeting young people facing a detention sentence.
EIYBC objectives/
develop the consequential thinking
increase participation in school/employment
improve health and well-being
enhance ability to operate in routine and disciplined
environments (such as school)
develop family functioning
increase self-confidence
develop personal and inter-personal skills
reduce likelihood of involvement in criminal activity.
EIYBC target group
• Young people aged 13–17 years who are at high risk of
entry to and having long term involvement in the criminal
justice system.
• Three or more of the following risk factors must be
early family/parental conflict
poor parental supervision and discipline
association with peer group with anti-social attitudes
early involvement with alcohol and drug use
family members condoning anti-social behaviour
child maltreatment
recent disengagement from education, training and/or
employment or at immediate risk of disengagement
• anti-social behaviour.
EIYBC referral pathway
• Young people will participate in the EIYBC program on a
voluntary basis and will not be required to admit guilt to
an offence to be eligible for program referral.
• Young people will be referred to the EIYBC by
government and non-government agencies including:
child safety.
• Trial target: 20 young people per year.
Features of service
• Four EIYBC programs will be delivered each year of the
trial, with 5–10 young people participating in each camp.
• Family members of young people will participate in
program activities at selected points-in-time.
Program phases
• camp
• community integration.
Features of service
Two camps per program
• 10 day camp (at commencement)
• 5 day camp (at completion).
Initial camp
• Involves challenging physical activities in a safe
• Parents will be invited to attend on the final weekend of
the camp.
• The natural consequences of camp activities will provide
young people and their families with insight into
presenting issues.
Features of service
• Educational/vocational, health, family support, life-skills
needs of participants will be identified to inform activities
taking place in the next phase.
Final camp
• To occur at the end of the community integration phase.
• A celebration and confirmation of the new skills,
knowledge, attitudes and beliefs developed by the young
person and their families.
Features of service
Community integration
• Support the young person and their family within their
community and continue work delivered during camp
• Support will be available for a period of up to three
• Partnerships will be developed with local government
and non-government providers to provide education,
training and employment, health, family support and
individual support services.
Features of service
• Mentoring will introduced in the camp phase and extend
beyond the completion of the program.
• Mentors will provide guidance, encouragement and
support to young people through a structured and
trusting relationship.
• Service providers may partner with existing mentoring
services or develop a volunteer mentoring network to
deliver mentoring activities.
Features of service
The program must:
• be delivered with cultural competence
• involve staff that are trained, supervised and hold
relevant qualifications
• support the participation of family members
• have appropriate governance frameworks in place
• collect informed consent from participants.
Program delivery
Funded service provider responsibilities
• Assess referrals.
• Deliver initial 10 day camp and follow-up 5 day camp.
• Develop and coordinate case management within the
camp and community integration phases.
• Develop and maintain working partnerships with police,
education, health, youth and family support providers.
• Identify and develop voluntary mentoring network.
• Contribute to the development and implement
of evaluation tools.
Funding eligibility
• The Community Services Act 2007 (the Act) governs the
provision of Youth Justice grants funding.
• It establishes an Approved Service Provider system
designed to ensure that service providers are:
• financially and organisationally viable
• have the capacity, within resources, to successfully provide
services consistent with the objects and guiding principles of the
Funding eligibility
• As well as holding/applying for Approved Service
Provider status, all organisations making submissions
must also:
• have no outstanding financial accountability, service delivery or
performance issues for funding previously provided by the
Queensland Government
• hold public liability and other relevant insurance (or provide plans
to obtain insurance)
• provide evidence that the organisation has the capacity to deliver
and sustain the service required.
Funding eligibility
• Must address all selection criteria and provide evidence
to support each claim by the service provider and/or
subcontracted service provider.
• Include evidence that the organisation can meet funded
output target levels.
Funded outputs
• Community living support: 300 places (accommodation
• Needs assessment/case management: 1204-1400 hrs
Key budgetary
• Funds will be provided across a two year period. Funds
are released on a quarterly basis following performance
and financial acquittals from the previous quarter.
• A one-off payment will be available for service
• Budgets should include an itemised annual budget for
each year of the trial.
• Service providers will be required to create costefficiencies where possible.
Performance and
• Service providers will be required to report quarterly on
funded outputs delivered as well as identified
performance measures
• A process and outcome evaluation will be undertaken to
assess the trial. The funded service provider will work
with the department to support this process.
Key dates/milestones
• Funding submissions close: 19 September 2012
• Attorney-General announcement of funded service
provider: early October 2012
• Service agreement signed: 26 October 2012
• Service establishment commences: 29 October 2012
• Service delivery commences: January 2013
Further information
• For tender documentation please go to
• Departmental staff are available to answer further
questions as they arise. Contact details are within the
tender documentation.
• Questions?