Evaluation of the NSW Youth Drug Court Pilot Program

Courts Youth Drugs and alcohol Evaluation Australia

The NSW Youth Drug Court (YDC) Pilot Program is an initiative arising from the 1999 Drug Summit. It began operating on 31 July 2000 in two Children's Courts in Western and South Western Sydney. Its aim is to reduce drug use and offending behaviour among young people charged with serious offences, where alcohol or other drug use is a contributory factor. At the end of 2000, a University of New South Wales evaluation consortium, led by the Social Policy Research Centre, was commissioned by the NSW Attorney General's Department to evaluate the YDC Pilot Program. Here are its findings.

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