Education service for youth courts

The Ministry of Education's education services to youth courts throughout New Zealand.

Education officers in the youth courts

Education officers are Ministry of Education staff who attend youth courts. The Ministry provides education officers to the youth courts in:

  • Christchurch
  • Porirua
  • Hutt Valley
  • Wellington
  • Auckland
  • Waitakere
  • Manukau
  • Hamilton
  • Rotorua.


The education officer's role is to:

  • provide timely, useful and accurate information about a young person’s education status for the youth court
  • help address a young person’s education needs
  • assist the family group conference coordinator determine whether a more detailed education assessment is required
  • assist the young person to re-engage in education or vocational training (if suitable).

Education reports

The Ministry also provides education reports on young people appearing before a youth court in:

  • Tauranga
  • Dunedin
  • Invercargill
  • Hastings
  • North Shore
  • Whangarei
  • Gisborne.


An education report gives the youth courts timely, useful and accurate information about a young person’s education status. It helps the youth court address the young person’s educational needs.

Any questions please contact Ministry of Education on moe.youthcourt@education.govt.nz.

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