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Youth Justice Chaplaincy

Preventing further isolation

Our Youth Justice Chaplains provide pastoral support to young people in youth custodial centres. They provide accompaniment and emotional and spiritual support for young people who are at a particularly vulnerable time in their lives.

What services are available?

Our Youth Justice Chaplains work within Victoria’s two youth justice precincts at Parkville and Malmsbury. They offer a range of supports to young people in custody including:

  • Having someone there to listen or sit silently with you
  • Having someone to pray with you and/or provide you with religious reading material
  • Providing a church service on weekends
  • Helping you to adjust to new surroundings
  • Helping you to explore and/or reconcile your spirituality
  • Helping you through loss and grief
  • Helping you to prepare for parole

Youth Justice Chaplains also play a role in advocating for the dignity of young people, within the youth justice system and across the broader community. 

They work as part of an interfaith network, working alongside chaplains from many other faith groups.

 

 

What are the benefits?

Having someone to walk with you, shoulder-to-shoulder, along your journey can help you to feel cared for, less alone and more empowered. 

Eligibility

Our Youth Justice Chaplains can support young people in custody regardless of their spiritual or religious belief or background. 

June Appeal 2017

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