Source: (2000) Paper presented at the Reducing Criminality: Partnerships and Best Practice conference. Perth, 31 July – 1 August 2000. Canberra, Australia: Australian Institute of Criminology.The paper will discuss the issues that have emerged from eight years of partnership between the State Government and the youth sector in Queensland in implementing programs to address the needs of young people at risk of entering the youth justice system. Given the experience and insight that has developed over this time the Department has been able to adopt a more proactive approach to developing collaborative projects targeting specific community concerns. To illustrate best practice in crime prevention, the âIpswich Projectâ? will be examined in detail as an example of intersectorial collaboration to develop and implement a project with a âbottom upâ? approach across the community and all levels of government. By integrating the key elements of situational and social crime prevention and early intervention this project represents a balanced approach to reducing youth offending within the targeted area.