- McGowan Government commits $750,000 in grant funding to Save the Children Australia for delivery of the Youth Partnership Project in Armadale for three years
- Project aims to reduce the number of young people entering the justice system
- Proposal contributes to Whole of Government priority for safer communities and Aboriginal wellbeing
The Department of Communities will provide $750,000 to Save the Children Australia over the next three years to continue delivery of the Youth Partnership Project (YPP) in Armadale.
The YPP is an early intervention model for at-risk youth that aims to reduce the number of people entering the juvenile justice system.
It engages State and local governments, the not-for-profit sector and local elders to improve outcomes for young people with complex needs, through a collaborative place-based approach.
The south east corridor of metropolitan Perth has some of the highest incidents of youth crime, family violence and child neglect. These context-based social problems contribute greatly to the increasing problems of at-risk youth throughout the region.
The targeted implementation of the YPP will provide technical support to the District Leadership Group in Armadale to address the local priority of reducing youth offending.
The proposal contributes to WA's Whole of Government Priorities for safer communities.
Further information about the Youth Partnership Project can be viewed on the project website: http://youthpartnershipproject.org.au
Comments attributed to Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk:
"Keeping children safe and delivering safer communities are key priorities for the McGowan Government.
"This grant, which provides $250,000 in annual funding for three years, will ensure that Save the Children Australia can continue its important work with children and young people in the Armadale area.
"The Youth Partnership Project has proved to be an effective and sustainable intervention method that delivers collaborative, place-based solutions to youth justice issues."
Comments attributed to Youth Minister Peter Tinley:
"The State Government is committed to reducing the number of people entering the youth justice system.
"Preventing at-risk youth from entering the youth justice system not only benefits the local community but also reduces the high social and economic costs associated.
"I thank Save the Children Australia for its on-going commitment and dedication towards assisting at-risk youth and I'm pleased that the $750,000 Communities funding over the next three years will go towards supporting the Youth Partnership Project in Armadale."
Comments attributed to Armadale MLA Tony Buti:
"This State Government contribution will continue the important early intervention work that Save the Children Australia is doing to change the lives of young people and families at risk.
"With the McGowan Government's Target 120 initiative already being implemented in Armadale, this latest grant boosts existing efforts to improve outcomes for young people and address youth crime in the local area.
"The new funds will also build on ongoing work by Government and the non-government sector to improve community safety in the Armadale area."
Child Protection Minister's office - 6552 6600
Youth Minister's office - 6552 5300