Partnerships and collaborations
Griffith Youth Forensic Service (GYFS) has been funded by the Queensland Government continuously since April 2001 to provide specialist state-wide assessment and treatment services to adjudicated youth sex offenders in Queensland. Since 2012, the Department of Justice and Attorney-General (Youth Justice Services) has funded GYFS. Prior to this, it was the Department of Communities.
GYFS receives in-kind support from Griffith University, where GYFS is based. GYFS-related research is possible due to the occasional funding from various external bodies such as the Australian Research Council (ARC), Criminology Research Council (CRC) and the Australian Government’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General
GYFS and the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General have a shared goal of ensuring the integrated delivery of services for young people. Regular liaison meetings are held to monitor outcomes and processes, responding to issues as they arise. Clearly defined protocols, responsibilities and a shared goal ensure the maximum efficiency in the use of available resources. Regular monitoring of referral and feedback processes occurs to ensure both GYFS and Department of Justice and Attorney-General requirements are met in terms of response time and resource allocation. Close liaison is maintained between the young person's clinician and supervising caseworker throughout his/her participation with GYFS.
For more information about the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General.
Multisystemic and inter-agency collaboration is seen to be an essential component of a comprehensive response to sexual offending within the community at large. Collaboration promotes a more effective service response to increasing community safety through increasing knowledge and development of interventions in respect to adolescent sexual offending. Collaborative relationships are developed on a case by case basis.
Griffith Criminology Institute
Griffith Criminology Institute is one of the premier research centres in Australia examining issues concerning crime, justice, ethics and governance issues. GYFS sits within the Griffith Criminology Institute under the Directorship of Associate Professor John Rynne.