Our department invests approximately $19.4 million in youth support services across the state.
Youth at Risk and Addressing Volatile Substance Misuse services have been refocused into a single youth support approach to ensure they more responsively meet the needs of young people, particularly those who are most vulnerable.
Youth Support services are targeted specifically at young people aged 12 to 18 years of age who are at risk of: disconnection from their family/community/support networks; disengagement from school, training and/or employment; harm, including self-harm; and who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Youth support services focus on four key results, which are to help young people:
Youth support funded providers deliver up to three service types:
|Results areas||Service types that will contribute to these results|
|Results for young people —
||Access services — information, advice and referral to services the young person needs (e.g. drug or alcohol, mental health, housing, legal, education, domestic and family violence services)|
|Support services — one-on-one support and assistance to young people who need additional or specialised help (e.g. working with them to identify goals and strategies for re-engaging with their family and school, entering the workforce, or developing coping mechanisms or parenting skills)|
|Integrated response services — intensive and coordinated assistance for young people with particularly complex needs (e.g. leading/playing a key role in case panels with the young person, their family and service providers in areas such as mental health, housing or drug and alcohol abuse)|
This investment and service delivery approach looks first at the support needs of the young person and tailors service responses to these needs. Service responses then bring together the required support in an integrated and coordinated way.
This approach also works to avoid duplication and gaps across programs and systems and enables services to be delivered in a more connected way across government.
Direct assistance has been provided to youth support service providers by:
For further information about the changes to youth services, please contact your closest regional service centre.