Collaborative practice in the north is giving vulnerable young people broader access to crucial support networks.
Centacare is one of many organisations working together to wrap services around clients who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
“When the community resources and funding are less than ever, you have to be creative and proactive in getting things to happen,’’ says Tina Breen, Senior Social Worker at our Outer North Youth Homelessness Service.
“Over the past 12 months we have really focussed on setting up what we call a care team for each young person.
“That means pulling in anybody that’s connected to that young person, and really strongly and purposefully collaborating together; we value what each service can bring to the table and work out how we can cross-services the young person to meet their needs.
“It’s about what we can do together as a sector to give young people the best chance of positive outcomes.’
The approach is giving young people access to multiple services at the same time so they don’t have to navigate complex systems alone, says Tina.
“I went to a meeting yesterday with 12 different agencies supporting one person.
“There is a huge possibility he’ll have really good outcomes because he’s got so much support wrapped around him.
“It’s a really strong community to work in.’’
Homelessness Week is an annual week coordinated by Homelessness Australia to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face and the action needed to achieve enduring solutions.