GYFS receives clinical referrals exclusively from the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General, via the Department of Justice and Attorney-General's Youth Justice Policy, Performance, Programs and Practice unit.
GYFS accepts referrals for clients throughout Queensland, who have been found guilty in court in relation to sexual (or sexually motivated) offences. GYFS will accept referrals for:
• Pre-sentence assessments,
• Post-sentence (pre-treatment) assessment, and
• Post-sentence assessment and treatment interventions.
GYFS has no specific exclusion criteria for referrals.
On the receipt of a new referral, GYFS will undertake a brief risk / needs assessment of each referral and on this basis will make a decision whether or not to accept the referral.
GYFS gives priority to referrals for:
• Pre-sentence assessments
• Cases assessed as high-risk / high-need
• Clients from rural and remote locations.
Referrals will only be rejected if:
• It is clear that, for workload / capacity reasons, GYFS will not be able to commence the required services within a reasonable period (usually 8 weeks), or
• The risk / needs assessment indicates that the case may be effectively managed without the direct involvement of GYFS.
• Inadequate time frames prevent effective assessment or treatment provision.
For further information please contact Griffith Youth Forensic Service on (07) 3735 3347