Youth Inc.

This program is a referral pathway and education program designed to divert young people away from the criminal justice system.

When Victorian Police detect a young person under the age of 18 years either in possession of, under the influence of, or consuming alcohol, the Victorian Police may offer them the education session as an alternative to an official police caution or an infringement notice.

The education session is a two hour session that uses a harm minimisation approach to educate and inform young people (and their parents or guardians) about the harms associated with alcohol. The education session also addresses ways to reduce these harms, as well as the supports services available to assist people who may have a problem with alcohol.

This program covers the Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges Shires in partnership with Victoria Police. The project was originally funded by the Victorian Law Enforcement Drug Fund and the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation.

The program education session is also open to parents or young people who have not been referred via police, wanting assistance with information regarding alcohol.

How do I access this service?

This service can be accessed a referral by the Victorian Police.

The program education session is also open to parents or young people who have not been referred by Victoria Police, but instead wanting assistance with information regarding alcohol.

What is the cost to this service?

This is a free service.

For more information phone, please phone reception on (03) 5479 1000

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