Support and Counselling Service

Young people learning how to work together as a team

The Support and Counselling Service (SACS) was designed to work with the children (aged between 4 – 14 yrs) of families living in Family Supported Accommodation (Northern suburbs Midland to Joondalup) as a direct result of the WA State Homelessness Task Force identifying these children as the most vulnerable group in WA communities. SACS works alongside Supported Housing and Accommodation programmes to deliver a comprehensive service focused on the individual needs of each client.

Often families who have experienced periods of homelessness have dealt with or are currently dealing with issues such as past or present abuse and neglect, educational problems, development delays and exclusions, low self esteem, financial hardship, social isolation, drug and alcohol problems, as well as behavioural problems and parenting issues within the home.

SACS has developed a wide range of services to help address some of these issues and works closely with the whole family unit with the hope of bringing about sustainable change for a brighter future.

Services include:

  • Intensive parenting support
  • Education and vocation support
  • Court and Justice assistance
  • Practical supports such as transport
  • Links to community and recreational groups and programmes
  • Mentoring
  • Individual and group counselling including a Protective Behaviours programme

Referrals

SACS welcomes referrals from Supported Assisted Accommodation Programme (SAAP) and Supported Housing Assistance Programme (SHAP) agencies, community organisations, Department for Child Protection, Homeswest as well as self referrals.

Click here for SACS Referral Form.

Service Location

  • Mirrabooka

Office Hours

To contact the SACS service, email jparslow@parkerville.org.au

9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, workers are available for early morning, evening or weekend work dependent on the needs of the clients.

Parkerville Children and Youth Care's Support and Counselling Service (SACS) is an outreach intervention strategy that was developed in an effort to assist children living with their families in Supported Accommodation Services, to address issues associated with homelessness. Often the families with whom SACS staff work face many issues which affect the family unit including past or present abuse, educational problems, delays and exclusions, low self esteem, financial hardship, drug and alcohol issues, mental health and behavioural problems. SACS has developed a wide range of practical and therapeutic services to help address these issues and work with children and parents to bring about sustainable change within the family.

Recently the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) was announced. Subsequent to this, SACS received an increase in funding of $200,000.  Previously, SACS has operated with only two social workers however, with the addition of further funding, the service has four social workers.  In addition, SACS now has brokerage money available to fund individual participation in services within the local community.

This increase in funding has translated to real service increases for the families with whom we work. SACS can now concurrently run a group for adolescent boys with social difficulties, a group for young girls, an early education programme called Prepare and a full contingent of school holiday activities.   The service now has the capacity to work with many more families in need and work more intensively.  This is an exciting enhancement for service.