Delay of youth justice report slammed

THE state opposition has criticised the government for the delay of a final report into a major review of the youth justice system.

The government stated in the Report on Government Services 2014 - Youth Justice Services, that the Continuum of Care final report was due last year.

``The consultation process for this project has completed and a final report, which will include recommendations that will assist in the development of short, medium and long-term strategies to strengthen intervention options, is expected by November 2013,'' it stated.

A spokesman for Children's Minister Michelle O'Byrne said additional time was taken with the Continuum of Care to allow for final consultation with staff and a review by University of Tasmania criminologists.

``The Department of Health and Human Services is currently undertaking preparatory work to ensure that the outcomes of the project are effectively and appropriately communicated to staff,'' he said. 

``Any public release will be after that has occurred.''

Opposition children's spokeswoman Jacquie Petrusma said the delay was unsurprising.

``There has been report after report into youth justice, including reports by successive commissioners for children,'' she said.

``The former minister for children, Lin Thorp, spent $17,000 on a trip to the United Kingdom in 2009 but nothing came of it.

``The government flagged its intention to overhaul the Youth Justice Act in 2008, but didn't bring a bill to Parliament until 2013.''

Ms Petrusma said the opposition's youth justice policies included money for initiatives such as Mission Australia's U-Turn program and a partnership with Whitelion to help young people at risk find work.

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