Young people in Karratha and Roebourne who are disadvantaged or in crisis will benefit from a new outreach service opened today.
Child Protection Minister Sue Ellery said the service for 12 to 17-year-olds was a safe and comfortable place for young people experiencing problems to seek help.
“The outreach service in Degrey Place is part of the Karratha Youth Housing Project that already operates crisis accommodation for young people in Karratha,” Ms Ellery said.
“Primarily the service will find ways to help young people deal with the crises they are facing by providing information and referral to other support agencies.
“The new office is also centrally located and will give young people access to nearby employment services and Centrelink offices.”
The Minister said the service replaces a previous outreach program that operated from a bedroom at the youth crisis accommodation centre and closed last year due to difficulties recruiting staff.
With a grant of $21,500 from the Department for Child Protection, the outreach service was able to reopen at separate premises and will continue to work closely with the accommodation centre to provide joint case work for young clients.
The grant was in addition to the $86,840 annual funding the outreach service receives from the department. In total, the FYHP receives $437,000 a year from the Commonwealth/State Supported Accommodation Assistance Program.
“Youth refuges are coming under increasing pressure to accommodate vulnerable young people affected by a range of issues, including domestic violence, mental illness and drug and alcohol abuse,” Ms Ellery said.
“Regional centres like Karratha face extra challenges because of their remoteness.
“In response to this, the Carpenter Government has increased core funding to refuges by 10 per cent over the next four years.
“This equates to $5million and is over and above the $10million the Government provides to the youth sector each year, which includes $8.9million for 28 accommodation services and $1.2million for support services across the State.
“The extra 10 per cent is also the first time refuges have received a real increase in funding since 1998-99.”
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