Inner West



SFGH is a program for children and young people aged 12 – 17 years who live with a carer who provides a nurturing home environment.

The SFGH supports the young person towards their identified life goals.

It provides a realistic setting allowing the needs of young people to be thoroughly assessed. The potential for a supported restoration with their family is always explored. Case managers provide intensive support to community carers, young people and their families. An on-call service for young people and carers is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

SFGH is not a substitute family or institutional care.

We are always looking for Carers, if you are keen or know somebody who might be suitable click here:

Northern Beaches Youth Accommodation option
Northern Beaches Inner West Youth Accommodation

Supported Independent Living (SIL)

Supported Independent Living (SIL) options are available for young people in out-of-home care.

The entry age is between 16 to 18 years old and the young people have the opportunity to stay up to their 20th birthday while working towards independent living.

A Case Manager is available to support the young people.

To find out more about our SIL programme please view our brochure here.

Interim Care Model

This is a new model which we will only be offering in the Inner West.

This model is a short term emergency accommodation option for children and young people between 9 to 15.

The objective is to find a longer term solution such as restoration to family, foster care or other appropriate housing options.

Overall The Burdekin Association’s aim is to build resilience and capacity in our young people to ensure they are equipped with the necessary tools to pursue their goals and to leave the organisation at a sustainable level of independence.

As we continue to grow from strength to strength, the importance of the work that we do in the community with young people becomes more evident. We are delighted to be entering our fifth decade with this new opportunity. We are immensely proud of our success, which is down to the commitment and hard work of our staff, the support we have received from the Northern Beaches community and our partners along the way -  and of course the young people themselves.

We really look forward to connecting with the community including foremost the local young people, those working with and for them and the general public.

About the Department of Communities & Justice

The services are funded by the Department of Communities and Justice.

On 1 July 2019, the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) brought together the former departments of Family and Community Services (FACS) and Justice.

Out-of-home care information for children and young people in care and for their parents, including types of care, rights, case planning, restoration and leaving care can be found here:

For more information about the work of the Department visit:

New Inner West out of home care services

On July 1st 2020, the OOHC Inner West Residential Care Services previously delivered by Stretch-A-Family transferred to The Burdekin Association.

You may like to read more about the changeover here.


Click here for the Complaints and Appeals Information Sheet. As a client of The Burdekin Association, you have the right to complain about the services you receive from us. This information sheet is provided to you upon entry to our service and each time you make a complaint.

Click here for the Complaint Form.  As a client of The Burdekin Association, you have the right to make a complaint. You may wish to submit your complaint using this form.

Contact Us

If you’d like to find out more, please contact us on (02) 8976 1777 and talk to the referral intake worker.

Monday to Friday between 9 am – 5 pm.