Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said improvements to the Youth Justice Victims Register make it easier for victims to have their voices heard, stay informed and get connected to support services.
“All victims of crime – including crime committed by a young person – have the right to feel safe and respected,” said Minister Lensink.
“The Youth Justice Victims Register connects victims and their families to the justice process and can offer greater peace of mind by keeping them informed of any updates to the offender’s sentencing to detention or imprisonment, location including sentenced home detention, and date of release.
“It is about building trust and repairing the harm that has been done.
“By introducing simple changes to the register – including enabling online registration and new plain English information materials to explain how the system works – it is now easier than ever for victims to access its benefits.”
The register is managed by the Department of Human Services, with all information kept strictly confidential.
Victims on the register can also give information, similar to a victim impact statement, to the Training Centre Review Board if the board meets to consider matters about the young person who offended, such as a change in location or potential release.
Minister Lensink said effective consultation with victims and their families is a vital step in the journey towards healing.
“The Youth Justice Victims Register helps young people in the system to better understand the impact of their crime on victims, while at the same time maintaining community safety,” she said.
The improved Youth Justice Victims Register was delivered as part of Young People Connected, Communities Protected: South Australia’s Youth Justice State Plan 2020-2023.
The Youth Justice Victims Register is specifically for crimes committed by a young person under the age of 18 where the young person is sentenced to detention, home detention or imprisonment. The Department for Correctional Services also maintains a register of victims for people where the offender was over 18 years.
To apply for the Youth Justice Victims Register, visit dhs.sa.gov.au/youth-justice-victims-register.
Find more information about South Australia’s Youth Justice State Plan at dhs.sa.gov.au/services/youth-justice/youth-justice-state-plan.