Over the past year The Burdekin Association have directly supported over 320 young people across our core accommodation and support programs. That is 320 young people who didn’t slip through the cracks, who avoided a life of homelessness on the Northern Beaches.
That our Out of Home Care service has grown 167% this year alone? That’s big! This growth has been due to the capacity and commitment of Burdekin to accommodate every child or young person that is connected to the Northern Sydney region in a home that provides for their needs and allows them to commence the recovery from their trauma.
Can you help…
us meet the growing need for OoHC on the Northern Beaches? If you believe that:
- Young people have the right to a safe and secure home
- Young people should have access to the services and support that they need.
- All young people should feel loved, valued and supported then please help us with our Christmas fundraising campaign so that we can provide opportunities in life that young people would otherwise miss out on.
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What is Out of Home Care?
OoHC is provided to young people who cannot live with their parents for one reason or anothe. At Burdekin we provide the following types of OoHC:
- Supported Family Group Home Placements
- Emergency Placements (Staffed home model within the community)
- Supported Independent Living (Caretaker model, lead tenant model, Caretaker Granny flat model and Independent model)
- Placement Option for OOHC Young people who are pregnant and/or have children
Our Supported Family Group Home is a bespoke model for Children and young people who are cared for by a permanent authorised live-in carer who provide care in a home provided and maintained by The Burdekin Association.
Children and Young people within our Care Homes are provided with a safe structured and nurturing environment, they receive ongoing intensive casework, respite and access to specialist support services. Some of the benefits provided by our Model of Care Home include:
- A “supported” living situation where a child or young person is more likely to develop the skills for living independently in the community`
- A flexible and individualised form of care`
- A safe and stable living environment within which the child or young person can work on their chosen goals
- `It is local, reducing disruption to the child or young person’s life and allowing them to keep in contact with their support networks
- `It is part of a continuum of care with children and young people exiting into our other program options resulting in support extended well beyond 18.
Protecting children and young people is everyone’s business.
Research by McDowell in 2008, 2009, 2013 and found that there was a significant lack of support in the transition phase when young people leave care. For example, of the 50% of young people interviewed that were leaving care at age 18, 40% did not know where they were going to live.
The Burdekin Association clearly exceeds these statistics with all our clients knowing where they are going to live when leaving care.
What we are finding
Education and employment are valued highly at The Burdekin Association, we have strong connections with our local Behaviour Specialist High School, school counsellors as well as a supportive TAFE.
Every young person in our care is expected to have a day placement or be working towards a day placement. We acknowledge that some children and young people enter our service with a huge array of trauma fuelled experiences and require support, intervention and a sense of security before they are able to establish a consistent and engaged routine in a day placement.
Upon young people exiting our Out of Home Care program 95% of clients were engaged in education. This is a significant achievement.
In the previous 7 years we have provided intensive and long term accommodation and support to 39 children and young people.
Of these 39, 44% continue to remain in our care (either the SFGH model or SIL), of those that have exited our OOHC program 23% moved into our Aftercare youth housing service often with the same Case Manager supporting them into their new placement, 18% exited OOHC to Family and 9% exited to friends or previous carers.
Four Decades of support
Did you know we are offering services on the Northern Beaches for 4 decades? Do you know what it is that we do? Our core offerings are centred on the support of children and young people 12-24 who are at risk of homelessness.
We know that the key drivers to the risk of youth homelessness are related to school disengagement, family breakdown, mental health, drug and alcohol as well as financial pressures.
Our program areas are focussed on disrupting the risk factors to homelessness with our community and family intervention program and the delivery of accommodation and support for those in need.
This past year has seen immense growth in our Out of Home Care program, within our Supported Family Group Home Model as well as the introduction of a new Supported Independent Living model that enables young people in care to extend their stay up to the age of 19.
What we are doing is working and with your help we can continue to grow within the community to prevent family breakdown, homelessness as well as building resilience within the community.
Homelessness Australia defines homelessness like this.