This procedure covers issuing a warning to a young person on parole for failure to comply with the requirements of their order.


When to use this procedure

When a young person fails to comply with the requirements of their order, or displays behaviours that cause serious concern.


Practice context and legislation

  • The parole officer is responsible for supervising a young person's compliance with the parole order. If a young person fails to comply with the requirements of their order, or displays behaviours that cause serious concern, the warning process must be started as soon as possible.
  • The process aims to influence the young person to comply with the order and behave appropriately. Usually both informal and formal interviews will be held before requesting a formal board warning.
  • The most common reasons for conducting a warning are to:
    • remind the young person of the consequences for failing to comply with the requirements of their order
    • inform the young person of the possible consequences of unacceptable behaviours, including any re-offending
    • talk to the young person about their behaviour and why they have not met the requirements of the order
    • reinforce responsible behaviours.
  • The administration of the warning process varies depending on the circumstances and capacity of the young person. Warnings from the board are issued in a firm but positive manner, to give young people the chance to address their behaviour.
  • At a board warning, the young person can put their case before the boards and receive encouragement to work closely with their parole officer to improve their compliance or behaviour.

Roles and key tasks

Case manager

  • Consult with team leader about need for a warning.
  • Inform board of warning process.
  • Request board warning where necessary.
  • Prepare progress reports.
  • Support young person to attend board warnings.

Team leader / team manager

Be available to case manager for consultation. Issue warnings.

Assistant Director / Manager Individual and Family Support

  • Issue manager warnings.
  • Provide oversight, direction and monitoring of the area youth justice service.
  • Provide case consultation regarding young people exhibiting high-risk behaviours.

Youth Justice Senior Practice Advisor

Provide case consultation particularly in relation to high-risk young people. This should occur subject to local area agreements between Assistant Director / Manager Individual Family Support and the Senior Practice Advisor.



The procedure in detail

Commencing the warning process

The parole officer may consider commencing the warning process when a young person on parole:

  • does not report to the parole officer
  • misses a scheduled appointment
  • intermittently misses appointments without reasonable explanation
  • re-offends
  • fails to comply with core or special conditions of the order
  • displays unacceptable behaviours that are violent, intimidating, or attends appointments substance affected
  • displays other behaviours that are causing serious concern.

Consultation with team leader

The decision to commence the warning process must be made in consultation with the team leader.

Parole officers can discuss with their team leader any issues relating to the young person’s attendance, further offending or unacceptable behaviours and plan the response to be taken.

Informing the board of the warning process

The board must be informed that the warning process has commenced.

This may be done in the next scheduled parole progress report.

Include information about the young person's response to the warning and strategies developed to address the behaviour.

Escalation of warning process

For a standard warning escalation process, refer to the procedure on the ‘Warning process for community based orders’.

There is less capacity for discretion in managing a young person on a parole order.

The board takes non-compliance with parole very seriously. It is important that the warning process is commenced promptly.

In some instances, and in consultation with the team leader and/or manager, it may be appropriate to bypass the standard warning process and proceed directly to a manager's or board warning.

Requesting a board warning

There are three avenues by which a board warning can be arranged.

They are:

  • requesting the warning via a scheduled parole progress report
  • contacting the secretary of the board directly and requesting a warning at the next board meeting
  • at the initiation of the board.

The most appropriate option will be determined by the urgency of the warning. All options require consultation with the Assistant Director / Manager Individual and Family Support.

The board may ask for written documentation that outlines the reasons why a board warning is appropriate. Parole officers must take advice from the secretary of the board about this.

Attending the board warning

The parole officer must attempt to help the young person to attend the board warning meeting either by offering transportation, if appropriate, or providing reminders leading up to the meeting.

If a board warning is required for a young person on a short parole, be prompt in initiating the warning process.

The process for attending the warning meeting is similar to that undertaken when a young person is paroled. Refer to the procedure for ‘Attending the Youth Parole Board’.

Before the warning commences, the parole officer will be called into the board meeting without the young person to provide any additional information.

The secretary will then call the young person into the meeting room and the board will conduct the warning.

Following a board warning

The parole officer should make sure the young person understands the terms of the order and what was discussed at the meeting.

In most instances, the board will request a parole progress report for the meeting following the warning.

The parole officer is required to ensure that any issues the board raised with the young person during the warning are addressed in the report.

Breach of parole

Refer to procedures for ‘Breach or cancellation of parole order by reoffending’ and/or ‘Breach or cancellation of parole order by non-compliance’.


Additional information

  • Considerations to proceed to breach action (intranet only) (29.5 KB, MS WORD)
  • Youth Justice Community Support guidelines (456.1 KB, PDF)
  • (, PDF)