The very first Youth Prevention Workshop for Casey was held this morning as the local community came together to tackle the underlying causes of youth crime.

As part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Community Safety Statement, Casey will receive up to $700,000 of direct Youth Crime Prevention investment for community-led partnerships to develop and implement evidence-based and effective youth crime prevention strategies.

The workshop brought together more than 40 representatives from the local police, schools, not for profit organisations and local government to discuss and plan their approach.

The wide ranging and positive discussions landed upon the need to assist and work with young people, particularly young boys between the ages of 10-16 years.

State Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley MP took part in the workshop and thanked all those who attended for their commitment to tackling youth crime.

The next workshop will be held early next year.

Quotes attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Judith Couacaud Graley MP

“This workshop is an important first step as we look to develop and implement strategies that will address and reduce youth crime in our community,”

“It is so very important that it is a community-led process with our schools, local police and the agencies that work with our young people each and every day having their say,”

“They know our young people, they know the issues they are facing and I have no doubt that together we can find ways to better support and empower our young people.”