Providing specialist forensic psychological services
Our purpose at Griffith Youth Forensic Service is to provide specialist forensic psychological assessment and treatment services, on a state-wide basis, to youth who are sentenced in courts in relation to sexual offence matters. GYFS is a university-based program funded by the Queensland Government (Youth Justice) since April 2001, with in-kind support from Griffith University. Funding from the Queensland Government is dedicated to service delivery. Funding for GYFS -related research comes from other sources such as the Australian Research Council, the Criminology Research Council, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander Partnerships.
Our vision at Griffith Youth Forensic Service is to bring together a team of practitioners and researchers in a sustained collaboration focused on understanding and preventing youth sexual violence and abuse. GYFS operates a field-based multisystemic, collaborative practice model, designed to enable equitable access to high-quality services regardless of location. Clinicians travel throughout Queensland, including to regional and remote locations, to conduct assessments and to deliver treatment in collaboration with local community partners.
The positioning of GYFS at Griffith University enhances the collaboration between practitioners and researchers. This collaboration ensures clinical interests inform our research. It also ensures clinicians have access to current empirical research and established and emerging expertise in a range of related academic fields such as psychology, criminology and crime prevention.