Blue Light Victoria

Defining ‘at-risk’

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At Risk for Blue Light Victoria

Blue Light Victoria supports young people who are at risk of disengaging from school, community or family, as well as those at risk of contact with the criminal justice system. Blue Light recognises that at-risk young people may experience challenges including mental health and trauma, disability, family violence or social isolation. Blue Light programs support the healthy development of all young people, responding to risk factors while enabling young people to grow and achieve their full potential.

There are two main components of the ‘at-risk’ definition: The of and the because. The first section describes what the risk is (e.g. disengagement or criminal offending) and the second portion outlines why it applies in this circumstance (e.g. due to trauma and neglect). The definition above aims to combine both components to capture those at-risk owing to behaviour as well as those at-risk owing to situational factors.
Importantly, there is no universally consistent definition of at-risk across Australian government agencies or NGOs. Definitions are context specific: Department of Education will focus on risk of school disengagement, while Youth Justice will focus on risk of offending. Blue Light Victoria has tailored our definition to our cohort and what we can actually offer