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General overview

Stage of development: Implementation

Policy sector: Criminal justice

Start date of service provision: Oct 2019

Capital raised (minimum): AUD 8.20m (USD 5.70m)


The YouthChoices SBB aims to reduce youth reoffending rates for young people. The programme is delivered using the Multi-Systemic Therapy model developed in the USA by highly-trained clinicians who work intensively with the families and care givers at least two or three times a week (or more as needed) in their homes. Clinicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the duration of the Program’s involvement with the family and aims to support parents to implement strategies to reduce offending by the child. Multi Systemic Therapy considers the whole ecology of the young person and works across the key environments, or ‘systems’, family, peers, school, neighbourhood, cultural support network, that are in a young person’s life. It uses the strengths of each system to facilitate positive behavioural change.

Target population

The YouthChoices program is for young people who are subject to youth justice supervision, and aged 10-14 at moderate to very high risk of recidivism or aged 15-16 at high to very high risk; and their families.



  • Australia

Service delivery locations

  • Brisbane, Australia

Involved organisations

Commissioners/outcome payers

Service Providers


Intermediary organisations

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Outcome metrics

  • Reduced offending. Reduced incidences of young people being held on remand or in detention, and related costs (e.g., police and court expenses)
  • Reduced substance abuse.
  • Improved school attendance and participation
  • Enhanced parental skills
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