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Youth Advocacy Centre (YAC)'s Campaigns

Youth Advocacy Centre (YAC)

Youth Advocacy Centre (YAC)

YAC offers free legal services, youth support and family support assistance and services to young people generally 10 to 18 years (inclusive) particularly those who are involved in, or are at risk of involvement in, the youth justice and/or the child protection systems, and/or are homeless or at risk of homelessness and live in or around the greater Brisbane region.

YAC can assist young people with:

- legal hassles – including being charged with breaking the law or child protection issues.
- problems at home or school
- lack of accommodation and/or income
- being the victim of a crime (including abuse)
- discrimination issues
- general hassles

All YAC’s services are:

- Voluntary– YAC only works with a young person if they want to work with YAC staff; and
- Confidential – no contact is made with anyone (eg families, teachers, police, other adults) and no information about the young person is passed on to anyone else without the young person’s permission (unless there is a serious risk of significant and immediate harm to the young person or someone else).

YAC also helps to link young people up with other services in the community that can assist them where appropriate.

At YAC we believe that young people in trouble with the law are not “bad kids”. We know that it is much more complex than that – from our own experience and from the wealth of research about young offenders. We know that young people entrenched in the criminal justice system often have significant social, welfare and relationship problems. And we believe that positive intervention while people are still young can help transform lives, for the good of the whole community.

2 Campaigns Supported

Joined 8 - 5 - 2015

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