Belmont Youth Programme

The Youth Programme is an intensive residential Programme for at risk and vulnerable young people aged 13 - 18 years who are currently under the care of the CEO. The Programme is designed to provide a safe living and learning environment for young people.

The young people often have histories of major traumatic events such as sexual and emotional abuse, family breakdown and homelessness. These traumatic experiences can lead young people into exhibiting challenging behaviours such as anger, apathy, anti-social behaviours, depression, drug use, truancy, suicidal ideation and self harm behaviours. Professionally trained staff in the areas of social work, psychology, mental health, education and youth work therapeutically case manage the young people.

The team/assigned workers at the Residential Youth Programme develop a care plan with the young person and his/her significant others and is responsible for all aspects of that care plan. The assigned worker will assist the young person with goal setting, identifying their issues and the team will support, motivate, role-model and guide the young person to address any issues that impacts on their functioning as an individual. Individualised care plans for all young people are reviewed on a regular basis which aims to optimise the young person's growth in all development areas. The team is committed and will go to great lengths to find innovative solutions to assist the young people with some of their challenges. Staff assist young people in identifying their strengths and will encourage them to build on them whether it is music, art, athletic ability, technical ability and many more.

Young people accepted into the Youth Programme are required to have a day programme, education, training and/or employment. The Belmont Youth Team is particularly effective in finding alternative education and training options. As a participant in the Youth Programme, residents are encouraged to take responsibility for their living environment and are taught budgeting, cooking, lifestyle and independent living skills. Young people are encouraged to commit to extramural, recreational and spiritual activities to extend their positive social networks. If young people are unable to return home, they will receive assistance in developing their independent living skills to move to more stable, long term accommodation.

Most of the young people at the Belmont Youth Programme have extremely limited contact and/or deconstructive relationships with their families. The Youth Programme has a major focus on re-establishing and maintaining links, where appropriate, between the young person and his/her family or significant others

Although the Programme has been successful in re-engaging parents and family members in the lives of the young people, there is a small group of young people that have limited or no support networks and they are the ones left behind in the programme when every one goes home for important festive celebrations, re-enforcing their rejection from family and the community. 

Holiday Hosting  of these young people for a day or weekend can be rehabilitative in restoring their trust in adults and the community. Although the staff have been able to establish some holiday hosts, it has been limited.

Volunteers to the Belmont Youth Programme are an essential part in the healing and growth of the young people whilst at the programme. The assistance of the volunteers in enhancing the living environment by painting, renovations and upgrading the garden and recreational areas is invaluable. This not only provide our residents with a home and environment that contributes to a better self-esteem but role-models positive values like giving and repository. The one-to-one time a volunteer spend with a young person as an individual, catching fish or going to the football further enhances the young person’s self-esteem.

The Youth Programme can only accept referrals from the Department for Child Protection, Placement Officer.

Services Offered:

  • Supported accommodation
  • Assistance to access services
  • Assessment
  • Case Management
  • Mediation
  • Crisis Management
  • Support planning
  • Counselling
  • Outreach
  • Family Work
  • Information
  • Referral
  • Advocacy
  • Mentoring
  • Educational Support
  • Social Skills Development

Please view our Out of Home Care Brochure for more information.

Referrals:

Please contact Linsey Tiller (ltiller@parkerville.org.au) during office hours on Telephone: 9277 4692 or Fax:9479 4312