Give feedback on the draft Model of Care for Youth Treatment Orders, a new program for children experiencing drug dependency.

What’s being decided?

In 2019, changes were made to the Controlled Substances Act 1984 to provide the option of mandatory treatment for children experiencing drug dependency.

These changes recognise the importance of addressing substance abuse before children reach adulthood. They offer parents and others interested in the life of the child an additional option when the child:

  • has refused to seek help voluntarily,
  • may be a danger to themselves or others, and
  • no other appropriate and less restrictive means are available.

We have developed the draft Model of Care for Phase 1 of Youth Treatment Orders to provide the option of mandatory treatment for children experiencing drug dependency. It sets out how Phase 1 of the Youth Treatment Orders program will operate at the Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre. 

The Youth Treatment Orders program does not replace voluntary drug assessment and treatment services within the Kurlana Tapa Youth Justice Centre.

The program is not a punishment and balances the need to respect the rights and autonomy of children and the special obligation of the community to care for and protect children.

The following video explains the draft Model of Care for Phase 1 of Youth Treatment Orders and provides instructions on how to participate in the consultation.

 

We are interested in hearing your thoughts about the draft Model of Care for Phase 1 of Youth Treatment Orders, in particular the following areas:

  • the best interest of children
  • meeting the needs of children who may be at risk or marginalised
  • Assessment Orders, and
  • Treatment Orders.

We want to ensure the voices of children, families, health care professionals, service providers, advocates and the South Australian community are heard.

Get involved

Read the draft Model of Care for Phase 1 of Youth Treatment OrdersConsultation Paper and the Q&A.

We have also created a Consultation Paper Easy Read version and a Q&A Easy Read version.

To have your say:

You can provide an email address (by emailing or calling us) if you wish to be updated on the outcome of the consultation. You can remain anonymous if you choose - all information provided is confidential and will be deidentified.

How can your input influence the decision?

All feedback provided during this consultation will be collated and reviewed. A revised Model of Care for Phase 1 of Youth Treatment Orders will be prepared, informed by your feedback.

What are the next steps?

Phase 1 of the Youth Treatment Orders program will commence in 2021.

Commencement of Phase 2 of Youth Treatment Orders is contingent on a review of Phase 1 of the program and a further decision made by government.

Contact details

For more information:

Closing date: 5:00pm 18 December 2020

Upcoming key dates

Fri, 18 Dec 2020 at 5:00 PM

CLOSING DATE: Draft Model of Care for Phase 1 of Youth Treatment Orders