Child and Youth Court Liaison Service

The Child and Youth Court Liaison Service (CYCLS) provides assessments to young people appearing before the Children’s courts with mental health issues or concerns about their cognitive capacity, which could impact on their ability to participate in their court proceedings. The objectives of the Court Liaison Service are to facilitate early access, detection and intervention to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people presenting to court.

Who can access this service?

Children and young people aged between 10 and 18 years who are experiencing severe and complex mental health and behavioural difficulties.

Catchment area

Any young person presenting to Children’s Court South from Rockhampton to the border of Queensland and New South Wales.

Do I need a referral?

You do not need a formal referral to access this service.

How do I get a referral?

Referrals are received from youth justices, magistrates, solicitors and other court stakeholders. Young people and their families are also able to self-refer directly to the service.

Information for health professionals

The Child and Youth Court Liaison Service (CYCLS) provides assessment and support services to young people appearing before the Children’s courts. Our services include:

  • Mental health fitness for trial and soundness of mind assessments.
  • Referrals to appropriate support services to facilitate access to intervention and ensure continuity of care.
  • Psycho-education to young people, families and court stakeholders on mental health and developmental issues.
  • Short-term mental health treatment and interventions for clients with ongoing contact with Youth Justice Services.

Refer directly to the Court Liaison clinician at court or call 07 3310 9444 to speak directly to a Court Liaison clinician.

Contact details

t: 07 3310 9444

Operating hours

Monday to Friday, 8.30am-5.30pm.


Child and Youth Mental Health Service locations map