Diversion Programs


Canberra PCYC provides a range of recreational and cognitive-based early intervention and diversion programs for vulnerable young people. These services and programs provide Police and Government with alternative avenues for diverting young people from the justice system.


Our evidence-based, collaborative models build on the skills and experiences gained from our ongoing relationship with police, and provide the community services sector with a wide range of supports to engage some of the most isolated and disengaged young people in the community.

Outcomes include an increase in participants attending regular schooling, reductions in anti social behaviour, an increase in community engagement, a reduction in suspension rate of participants, and a reduction of participants entering or re-entering the youth justice system.

Intensive Diversion Program (IDP)

The Intensive Diversion Program (IDP) is a diversion program established for high-needs young people in the ACT aged 12.5-16 years. The IDP combines the following mix: full time (8.30 am - 3.00 pm) engagement based on a mix of skills-based recreational activities, educational programming and/or vocational pathways; intensive case coordination facilitated through regular meetings between Canberra PCYC, ACT Policing, CYPS; links into weekend activities such as team sports and interest groups.

The IDP is informed by the goals of the Blueprint for Youth Justice in the ACT 2012-2022, with the focus on improving physical and mental health, education levels, and engagement in employment or other training.

Education and employment pathways are key to reducing the risk of offending and are supported by intensive case management. These areas are prioritised within the IDP.

Outcomes include:

  • Youth offending is reduced.
  • Young people are diverted from the formal youth justice system.
  • Young people are helped early and provided with supports and services they need.
  • Young people and their families receive every possible opportunity to get back on track.
  • Young people’s protective factors are increased and risk factors are decreased.
    Dramatic turnaround, great support, supportive staff.
    — Parent of IDP participant