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Innovation for the Territory’s Youth Services in COVID-19 Times

The Territory Government has been working closely with youth service providers to be innovative and deliver adapted youth services, in response to COVID-19.

Youth services are important services and will continue to operate. However, operational changes had to be made to meet COVID-19 health sand physical distancing requirements.

In the lead-up to the April school holidays, regional approaches have been developed which include more outreach services, one-to-one mentoring, interactive online activities, and food programs to support at-risk young people and vulnerable families.

The Youth Outreach and Re-Engagement Team (YORET) will continue to operate across the Territory and work with young people who are at-risk or already in the youth justice system, to prevent crime before it happens and to stop reoffending.

Adapted youth services across the Territory include:


Alice Springs



Tennant Creek

Quotes from Minister for Territory Families, Dale Wakefield

“Facing this health emergency means that we have had to be flexible and respond quickly to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of every single Territorian.

“COVID-19 regulations have required our youth services to change the way they operate and be innovative in how they now engage with young people. 

“What we have seen in the past few weeks is a resilient youth services sector that has worked incredibly hard to ensure that we continue the very important work of engaging with the Territory’s most at-risk and disadvantaged young people, while being compliant with new national regulations.

“I thank them for their hard work and their partnership with the Territory Government to deliver crucial youth services for young Territorians. We are all in this together.”


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