Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Transition 2 Success program

Transition to Success (T2S) is a service delivered by Youth Justice in Queensland under the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women (CSYW), which aims to prevent young people’s introduction or progression through the justice system.  The Mission of T2S is to “Change the story for young people, the community and our organisation.”

T2S is a vocational training and therapeutic service model delivered in a community setting to young people aged 15-17 who are involved in the youth justice system or are assessed as being at-risk of entering. The model enhances service delivery through local partnerships between Youth Justice, Education Queensland (i.e. local secondary schools and Senior Guidance Officers), registered training organisations, not-for-profit agencies, community groups and local businesses. The purpose of T2S is to reduce risk factors for offending associated with disengagement from education, training and employment as well as the associated behaviours needed to access and maintain those opportunities. Graduates are linked directly to employers and/or education services to transition to long term opportunities.

Our partnerships

The program is made possible by partnerships between youth justice service centres (YJSC) and:

  • secondary schools
  • registered training organisations
  • not-for-profit organisations
  • businesses.

Proven success

Deloitte Access Economics was commissioned to conduct an outcome evaluation that examined the effectiveness of T2S in improving outcomes for young people. The evaluation found that T2S graduates are less likely to reoffend. T2S also leads to further engagement with education, employment and training, or a job active provider with 95% of young people transitioning into one of these paths or undertaking another T2S course. A cost benefit analysis of T2S showed that every $1 spent on the program resulted in $2.57 of benefits. These benefits included avoided costs to government and society associated with reductions in reoffending (e.g. avoided costs of crime, custody and supervision).

The Transition to Success: Evaluation Report (PDF, 3.6 MB) was published on 20 November 2018. Additional information includes:

Program outcomes

Since the pilot program in 2015, more than 151 young people have graduated with certificates.

Reoffending outcomes

  • 75% of all T2S participants who completed a course did not re/offend within 6 months of completing their course.
  • 57% of T2S participants with a prior offending history who completed a course did not reoffend within 6 months of completing their course.
  • 41% of participants with a prior offending history who completed T2S saw a substantial decrease in their offending magnitude.
  • In the 12 months prior to participating in the program, T2S participants spent an average of 2.2 nights in custody per month. This reduced to 0.5 nights in custody per month in the 6 months following completion of T2S.

Partnership program

We know that it takes a village to help a young person who has offended, or is at risk of offending, to get back on track. That’s why we work with community partners to develop the most appropriate opportunities for the young people in the program.

T2S offers practical opportunities to support change in the lives of young people who are taking positive steps towards their future.

How to be a T2S Partner

There are many way to be a T2S Partner, including:

  • time and expertise of your staff
  • employment pathways and industry contacts
  • tangible resources and equipment
  • single or ongoing financial contributions.

Benefits for businesses

  • Staff morale improves—employees feel proud to be a part of an organisation that is helping the community in which they live.
  • Absenteeism decreases as staff feel a greater sense of loyalty to their company.
  • Employees are less likely to leave an organisation that reflects their own values.
  • The business acquires new skills and knowledge from its community partnership—new networks and opportunities open up and it may understand its market better and the issues important to its clients.
  • Reputation is enhanced because the business is respected in the community and consequently its brand value increases.

Benefits for community organisations

  • Staff gain new skills, knowledge or expertise that they can use and pass on, building the capacity of the organisation and helping it to be sustainable.
  • Staff find that their self-esteem is raised as they realise their own work, skills and expertise are valued and sought after outside their sector.
  • Keeping up morale and motivation can sometimes be difficult due to occasionally difficult and stressful nature of the work that community organisations do. Groups involved in partnership with a business often report that this becomes much less of an issue, due to the support and recognition provided by the business partner.
  • Staff gain access to new networks, often opening up new opportunities.
  • The community organisation gains a higher, more respected profile which may lead to more funding or an enhanced ability to attract support.
  • Employees from the business partner often become involved in the work of the organisation, for example, volunteering.

T2S acknowledges all of its partners in promotional and marketing material, including on this website and during public events and the like.

To find out more about partnering with T2S, please email T2SYJ@csyw.qld.gov.au

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