The role of holistic approaches in reducing the rate of recidivism for young offenders
Youth offending and its causes are complex in nature. The reasons why this phenomenon is evident in society is multifaceted and requires a broad understanding to create strategies to assist. Rather than looking at young people and their anti-social behaviour from a purely legal perspective, we need to engage in a big-picture understanding as to why such behaviour first developed, and how society can promote better access to solutions that make a sustainable difference. But what provides the best support and outcomes? This paper explores the way in which recidivist youth offending behaviour can be challenged and changed through strategies that promote effective research, policy and practice that is underpinned by whole-of-community and whole-of-government approaches. Three key areas are profiled: first, the need to understand the significant social and welfare needs of young offenders; secondly, the necessity of creating a holistic approach to service delivery and provision; and thirdly, bolstering community and organisational capacity to work effectively with such young people and their families.