Barambah Bira (South Burnett Youth Justice)
The Barambah Bira (South Burnett Youth Justice) program consists of our Young Offenders Support Service (YOSS) and Bail Support Program. Service delivery is based on evidence and lived experience that early intervention and maintenance of community and cultural connections is crucial in helping young people and their families recover from intergenerational trauma.
The purpose of the program is to assist young people and their families in addressing the factors that contribute to the young person’s offending behaviour in a case management framework that is culturally safe and collaborative.
The Barambah Bira program aims to collaborate with individuals, families, community members and stakeholders to identify strengths that can be promoted and difficulties that need to be overcome to support their storyline that is positive for themselves, their family and community and their own culture. The aim is to decrease young people’s offending behaviours and recidivism rates.
Who do we support?
Youth Outreach Support Service (YOSS) Storylines
The YOSS Storylines program provides support to young people aged 8 to 17 years and their families living in the Cherbourg Local Government Area. Referrals are primarily received from the local Youth Justice Service Centre. Referrals can also come from Queensland Police Service, local schools and self-referrals.
Bail Support Program
The Bail Support Program provides support to young people aged 10 to 17 years residing within the Cherbourg Youth Justice Service Centre catchment. Referrals are primarily received from the local Youth Justice Service Centre. Referrals can also come from Queensland Police Service, legal representatives, youth detention centres and self-referrals.
Eligibility includes young people who:
The Team finds meaning in their work through addressing disadvantages, correcting social injustices, and supporting young people to have positive and joyful experiences that allow for healing from trauma.
While the program supports all young people and families in need within the Cherbourg area, the program primarily supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are over-represented within the youth justice system and the long-term negative impact of extended and repeated engagement in the youth justice system. The team understands the disruption of attachment and connection with family, community, and culture.
The team helps young people increase their sense of self-worth, feel pride in their community and experience what it’s like to be part of a community that expresses pride in their younger members. This sits at the core of the program’s mission.
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