Our services

LEGAL 

Solicitors from YAC can:

  • give legal advice on a range of matters which affect young people
  • go to court with young people  – Children’s Court (criminal and child protection matters) and sometimes higher courts in relation to criminal matters
  • assist young people in relation to suspension or exclusion from school

(Nb: the age limit for criminal matters is 10-16 years as Queensland is the only Australian jurisdiction where 17 year olds are treated as adults, contrary to Australia’s international commitments. This is due to change in November 2017)

 YOUTH SUPPORT 

The Youth Support Advocate (YSA) can provide young people with information, advice, referral and support and advocacy and in particular can:

  • help young people who are homeless or risk of homelessness with finding accommodation and support in maintaining accommodation; and with income and education hassles
  • support young people at court (both children’s and higher courts), tribunals and hearings, including writing a report for the court where appropriate
  • provide outreach support including visiting young people in detention where necessary
  • transitional support, advocacy and practical assistance to young people while in and when leaving the child protection or youth justice systems
  • support young people who have been a victim of crime.

Support may be casual or intensive, short term or longer term, depending on the needs of the individual young person.

 FAMILY SUPPORT 

The Family Support Advocate (FSA) can provide information, advice, referral and support and advocacy  for young people and their families and in particular can:

  • advocate on behalf of individual young people within their families as well as in relation to court and schools, especially suspension and exclusion matters
  • work on family relationships and the  young person’s issues within and external to their family (The Three Rs” – Rebuild, Relationships, Respect) undertake individual and family counselling
  • provide court support for young people and their families in relation to youth justice matters, including writing a report for the court where appropriate

The FSA also runs peer support groups for parents – ParenTEEN – for parents and carers: a 6-8 week program depending on the needs of the group.

YOUTH BAIL ACCOMMODATION SUPPORT  (YBASS)

YBASS staff work with young people aged 10 – 16 years who are alleged to have committed an offence/s. Their priority is  young people where accommodation problems mean that they may not be released on bail, including those who have already been remanded in custody at the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre. YBASS can assist young people

  • to access safe, secure and appropriate accommodation and maintain that accommodation
  • comply with their bail conditions, in particular through accessing services or programs relevant to their needs and involvement in positive activities and engagement with school, training or employment

They can also assist families and carers with whom the young person is living to support the placement.

LEGAL EDUCATION

The Community Legal Education (CLE)  lawyer delivers:

  • information sessions for young people in schools, alternative learning programs, youth agencies or similar
  • information sessions for welfare agency staff, lawyers, social workers, teachers, students and other interested groups about YAC and basic legal information
  • lectures, workshops and papers on request in relation to young people and the law
  • in conjunction with the Youth Support Advocate, practical workshops for those who work with young people on legal issues relevant to young people and how the law impacts on their work and decision making as workers with young people – Laying Down the  Law.   

Go to:

  • LEGAL INFO: this has has information sheets which answer young people’s most commonly asked questions about the law and legal issues.
  • RESOURCES FOR WORKERS: including info about Laying Down the  Law