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Engaging Young People, Families SA

2013 Success Stories: Engaging Young People, Families SA (Transcript 149KB PDF)

About the webisode

This webisode profiles some of the ways that Families SA is engaging with young people in South Australia. The programs in the webisode include those provided by Transition from Care and School Engagement, the Families SA Mentor Program and the Hills Guardianship Team.

About the Families SA Programs

Transition from Care and School Engagement

The School Engagement program is a statewide service targeting young people under the Guardianship of the Minister, aged 12 – 17 years, who at risk of disengaging from school or those who have disengaged from all educational opportunities. The program utilises Senior Project Officers to provide “wrap around” services for young people and has a strong focus on providing individually tailored responses to both the social and educational barriers to their engagement in learning.

Families SA Mentor Program

The aim of the Families SA Mentor Program is to provide children and young people in out of home care who are under the Guardianship of the Minister, aged 6 years to 17 years, with an opportunity to spend time with an adult role model on a one-on-basis. The role of the Mentor is to foster the potential of children and young people, build their confidence and self-esteem, and expose them to positive, supportive and trusting social relationships.

This relationship also provides the child or young person with a variety of experiences, including social and recreational activities, sporting participation, independent living skill development, encouraging artistic growth, maintaining cultural connections and attendance at community events.

This mentoring program is only available for Families SA clients

Hills Guardianship Team

The Hills Young People's (YP) Council has evolved from a group program that was previously established at the Enfield Office.

The concept is loosely based upon the Student Representative Councils that are widely programmed in school across the state.

The Hills YP Council is a Quality Assurance measure to ensure that we gain consumer feedback on the services that we provide to young people throughout the Adelaide Hills Region.  

Hearing the "Voice of the child" or young person is a principle that we value highly in our work and consumer feedback would indicate that participation in our YP Council helps to make young people feel valued and respected.

In 2013 our Council members met with the Minister, were highly consulted by the Office of the Guardian in the review of the Leaving Care Kit, participated in CREATE programs, and two members attended the National CREATE conference in Canberra.

This has all occurred as part of the Hills Guardianship Team's work in preparing their young people for citizenship.

Families SA


Recognition and eLearning Systems

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