There is hope for at-risk children and young people in Liverpool with the start of a new program.
Uniting Care Burnside’s Youth Hope program has been commended for greatly improving youth services in the area.
Southwest Sydney program manager Debbie Lilley said Youth Hope was an intensive support program for vulnerable children aged nine to 16 who were at risk of entering the child protection system.
The Liverpool program, which started in May, has enrolled 75 children and teenagers across the region.
It is part of a $10 million program, funded by the Department of Family and Community Services, being trialled over four years in six locations which have recorded high numbers of child protection reports.
“Most of our work is therapeutic and it’s done in the community, working with families, teaching children and parents skills to build their own capacity to be able to stand on their own,” Ms Lilley said.
“We have our own psychologists, we design a support model around each individual family.”
Children are classified as “at risk” if they suffer several forms of abuse and neglect, have severe social problems and experience homelessness.
Ms Lilley said the program offered face-to-face contact to help these families function in society.
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