Help returning young people to education from the Justice system

The Ministry of Education helps children and young people who've been involved in the Justice system to return to education. Education assessments aim to re-engage them. The target group is 10 to 16-year-olds who have high education needs and are at risk of re-offending.

How education assessments work

A Ministry psychologist completes an assessment of the child or young person before a youth justice Family Group Conference.

A Child, Youth and Family Youth Justice Coordinator holds the conference so the child or young person’s family can meet, make decisions, and to help the young person take responsibility for their actions.

The education assessment focuses on how to re-engage the offender with the education system or vocational training.

The Youth Offending Strategy aims to reduce re-offending by children and young people.

Youth Offending Strategy - Ministry of Justice website(external link)

For more support and information

Learning Support, Ministry of Education

Freecall (NZ only): 0800 622 222


Ministry of Justice

Phone: +64 4 918 8800

Youth Offending - Ministry of Justice website(external link)

Ministry of Youth Development

Phone: +64 4 916 3645

Ministry of Youth Development website(external link)\

Ministry of Social Development

Phone: +64 4 916 3300

Young Adults - Ministry of Social Development website(external link)

Behaviour service and support

If a student is having extreme, ongoing behaviour difficulties, a team of Ministry specialists can help. Reach them through your local Learning Support office.

Behaviour Support

For emergency help for your school after an extreme event:

Behaviour crisis response service

To pay for short-term resources to stabilise your school after a crisis:

Interim Response Fund

For specialist-led, multi-disciplinary help for students whose behaviour is severe and has complex causes, possibly including intellectual impairment:

Intensive Wraparound Service

For 10 programmes to improve the behaviour and well-being of children and students:

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)

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