Griffith Youth Forensic Service (GYFS) purpose 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 Department of Justice and Attorney-General (Youth Justice) since April 2001, with in-kind support from Griffith University. Funding from the Department of Justice and Attorney-General is dedicated to service delivery. Funding for GYFS-related research comes from other sources such as the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Criminology Research Council (CRC) and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
GYFS vision 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 the state, including to regional and remote locations, to conduct assessments and to deliver treatment in collaboration with local community partners. GYFS office is situated at Griffith University Mt Gravatt campus, Brisbane.
The positioning of GYFS at Griffith University enhances the collaboration between practitioners and researchers. This collaboration ensures research is informed by clinical interests, and that clinicians have access to current empirical research and established and emerging expertise in a range of related academic fields (e.g. psychology, criminology and crime prevention).