Early intervention youth boot camp
Information session: May 2013
Outline of session
This presentation will cover the following:
• Background
• Program objectives
• Target group
• Referral pathway
• Features of service delivery
• Service delivery responsibilities
• Requirements for funding eligibility
• Key budget areas
• Key dates/milestones.
• The Queensland Government made an election
commitment as part of its Safer Streets Crime Action
Plan to trial boot camps for young people.
• On 24 March 2013, Cabinet endorsed an expansion of
the youth boot camp trial to three further locations:
• early intervention youth boot camps in Rockhampton and
on the Fraser/Sunshine Coast; and
• a sentenced youth boot camp in Townsville.
Program development
• Review of international literature
• Ministerial Round Table
• Written submissions
• Meetings with existing boot camp service providers.
Key messages from literature
Research has demonstrated that youth boot camps will be
most effective if they:
• provide structure, discipline and physical activity
• use physical activities to change attitudes and
negative self perceptions
• address the causes of crime
• continuation of the program on return to the
Key messages of consultation
• Underpinned by integrated case management framework
• Involve ‘in community’ programs and mentoring
• Involve family members
• Be evidence-based
• Reflect the specific needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander young people.
Key messages of consultation continued…
• use the time young people are removed from the
community constructively
• target young people before they become entrenched in
the criminal justice system
• respond to the specific needs of females
• exclude young people who may place participants at risk
• ensure the program is evaluated.
Two youth boot camp models developed
• Early Intervention Youth Boot Camp (EIYBC)
• Targeting young people before they are entrenched in the
criminal justice system
• Two year trials at three sites: Gold Coast, Fraser/Sunshine
Coast and Rockhampton
• Minimum of 40 participants in each location over two years
• Sentenced Youth Boot Camp (SYBC)
• Targeting young people facing a detention sentence
• Two year trial at two sites: Cairns and Townsville involving 40
participants in each location.
Early Intervention Youth Boot Camp trial sites
• Gold Coast
• Rockhampton: Rockhampton Regional Council area
including Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Mount Morgan
• Fraser and Sunshine Coasts:
• Fraser Coast Regional Council area including Hervey
Bay and Maryborough
• Gympie Regional Council area including Rainbow
Beach and Tin Can Bay
• Sunshine Coast Regional Council area from Rainbow
Beach to Kenilworth, down to Beerburrum in Glass
House Mountains, the top half of Bribie Island and up
the Sunshine Coast.
EIYBC objectives
Key objectives
• reduce likelihood of future involvement in criminal activity
Other important objectives
challenge the attitudes and behaviours of young people
increase participation in school/employment
improve health and well-being
develop family functioning
develop understanding of consequences
develop personal and inter-personal skills
connect family and young person to support services
EIYBC target group
• Young people aged 12 –16 years who are at high risk of
entry to and having long term involvement in the criminal
justice system.
• Three or more of the following risk factors are likely to be
• early family/parental conflict
• poor parental supervision and discipline
• association with peer group with anti-social attitudes
• early involvement with alcohol and drug use
• family members condoning anti-social behaviour
• child maltreatment
• disengagement from education, training
• anti-social behaviour.
EIYBC referral pathway
• The EIYBC program is voluntary and young people are
not required to admit guilt to an offence to be eligible for
program referral.
• Young people may be referred to the EIYBC by
government and non-government agencies including:
• police
• education
• health
• child safety.
• Trial target: minimum of 20 young people per year.
Features of service delivery
• Four EIYBC programs may be delivered each year of the
trial, with 5 –10 young people participating in each camp.
• Family members of young people could participate in
program activities at selected points-in-time.
Program phases
• camp
• community integration
• mentoring
Features of service delivery
Gold Coast camp configuration – as an example only
Two camps per program
• 10 day camp (at commencement)
• 5 day camp (at completion).
Initial camp
• Involves challenging physical activities in a safe
• Parents invited to attend on the final weekend of the
Features of service delivery
• Educational/vocational, health, family support,
life-skills needs of participants will be identified
to inform activities taking place in the next
Final camp
• Occurs at the end of the community integration
• Used to reinforce the behaviour change that has
been achieved and set longer term goals for the
Features of service delivery
Community integration
• Support the young person and their family within their
community and continue work delivered during camp
• Support may be available for a period of at least three
• Partnerships developed with local government and nongovernment providers to provide education, training and
employment, health, family support and individual
support services.
Features of service delivery
• Mentoring could be introduced in the camp phase and
extend beyond the completion of the program.
• Mentors may provide guidance, encouragement and
support to young people through a structured and
trusting relationship.
• Service providers may partner with existing mentoring
services or develop a volunteer mentoring network to
deliver mentoring activities.
Features of service delivery
Program considerations
• Cultural competence in planning and delivery
• Staff that are trained, supervised and hold relevant
• Appropriate case management frameworks
• Informed consent from participants supporting the
participation of family members.
Program delivery
Funded service provider responsibilities
• Assess referrals.
• Deliver camps
• Ensure the camp learnings are integrated back in
community life
• Identify and develop mentoring network.
• Collect detailed and high quality information for
evaluation purposes.
Funding eligibility requirements
Recommendations for submissions:
• address all selection criteria
• evidence to support each claim by service provider /
subcontracted service provider
• evidence that the organisation can meet or exceed
• describe what the proposed program will look like and
how it will be implemented and managed
• what the program is going to cost to implement and
• partner with other agencies if that adds value to your
Funding eligibility requirements
• Establish that service provider is financially and
organisationally viable
• have no outstanding financial accountability, service
delivery or performance issues for funding previously
provided by the Queensland Government
• hold public liability and other relevant insurance (or
provide plans to obtain insurance)
• provide evidence that the organisation has the capacity
to deliver and sustain the service required.
Selection of service provider
Written submissions will be assessed on:
• Selection criteria answers and supporting evidence
• Eligibility criteria (approved service provider etc)
• Ability to meet performance targets and outcomes for
young people and families
• Proposed budget and value for money
Key budgetary considerations
• Funds will be provided across a two year period.
• Budgets should include an itemised annual budget for
each year of the trial.
• Service providers will be required to create costefficiencies where possible.
Performance and evaluation
• Service providers will be required to report quarterly on
identified performance measures
• A process and outcome evaluation will be undertaken to
assess the trial.
• Data collection will be required of the service provider to
contribute to the evaluation
Key dates/milestones
• Funding submissions close: 21 June 2013
• Attorney-General announcement of funded service
provider: 19 July 2013
• Service delivery commences: September 2013 or
Further information
• For tender documentation please go to:
• Please send any queries regarding the Expression of
Interest Information Paper or Submission Form to
[email protected] and a departmental
representative will respond.
• Questions?

Early intervention youth boot camp program