- McGowan Government supporting programs aimed at reducing juvenile offending and improving community safety.
- Project aims to empower youth to access support services.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts has announced funding of $107,678 for the Broome PCYC to implement a new 'Safe Space' project.
The program will offer regular 'drop in' sessions and provide a place where youth can 'hang out' after school and on the weekends.
Safe Space will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons or evenings and is designed to provide young people with a supervised, non-threatening environment where they can participate in a range of activities and workshops.
Qualified youth workers will be available to engage in one-on-one mentoring and provide referrals to specialist support agencies where required.
Participants will be provided with free meals and transportation home.
The Broome town site, like many other Kimberley communities, has issues with juvenile offending occurring after school hours and on the weekends.
The introduction of this program will provide local police with an avenue to refer young people to a suitable after-hours service.
Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:
"As a Government, we are determined to make our communities safer and part of that includes trying to prevent young people from becoming entrenched in criminal behaviour in the first place.
"PCYCs across Western Australia play a key role in giving our young people a supportive environment in which they can be challenged, educated and engaged.
"The Safe Space program has proved successful at other locations around the State and is an excellent opportunity to engage young people in a positive way and empower them to access support services.
"It keeps them off the streets, provides them with a safe space and gives them the possibility of a better future."
Minister's office: 6552 6900