Help returning young people to education from the Justice system
The Ministry of Education helps children and young people who've been involved in the Justice system to return to education. Education assessments aim to re-engage them. The target group is 10 to 16-year-olds who have high education needs and are at risk of re-offending.
How education assessments work
A Ministry psychologist completes an assessment of the child or young person before a youth justice Family Group Conference.
A Child, Youth and Family Youth Justice Coordinator holds the conference so the child or young person’s family can meet, make decisions, and to help the young person take responsibility for their actions.
The education assessment focuses on how to re-engage the offender with the education system or vocational training.
The Youth Offending Strategy aims to reduce re-offending by children and young people.
For more support and information
Learning Support, Ministry of Education
Freecall (NZ only): 0800 622 222
Ministry of Justice
Phone: +64 4 918 8800
Ministry of Youth Development
Phone: +64 4 916 3645
Ministry of Social Development
Phone: +64 4 916 3300
Behaviour service and support
If a student is having extreme, ongoing behaviour difficulties, a team of Ministry specialists can help. Reach them through your local Learning Support office.
For emergency help for your school after an extreme event:
To pay for short-term resources to stabilise your school after a crisis:
For specialist-led, multi-disciplinary help for students whose behaviour is severe and has complex causes, possibly including intellectual impairment:
For 10 programmes to improve the behaviour and well-being of children and students:
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