Why we work with young people in Western Australia
We support young people – in particular those from Aboriginal communities, and migrant and refugee backgrounds in Broome, Kununurra and Perth – to stay in school, develop safe practices and build resilience to the challenges in their lives.
Life can be difficult for young people living in many marginalised communities in Western Australia. They may live in unsafe home environments and experience family violence, which can lead to homelessness, antisocial behaviour, drug and alcohol misuse and unsafe practices.
Save the Children’s early intervention and prevention programs
We run programs across Western Australia that provide young people with a safe and secure place to have fun with their friends, learn essential life skills, increase their self-esteem, and talk to experienced youth workers. We help young people to respond to adversity in a positive way and overcome problems at home, school and in their communities.
Our Night Patrol and youth programs in Kununurra, and One Step Closer program in Perth, help young people on the streets, in contact with the juvenile justice system, or at-risk of abuse, neglect, and physical and psychological harm to find a safe place to play sports, express themselves creatively and participate in cultural activities with friends.
Youth workers provide advice and guidance to young people on the consequences of negative behaviour and how to make positive life choices. We run a variety of recreational activities after school and at night, and transport young people to a safe place to sleep. Back to Country youth leadership camps also empower young people to connect with their cultural identity and community.
Reconnect is a homelessness prevention program that targets at-risk Aboriginal youth in Perth. We work to improve their living situations and engagement with family, work, education, training and their local community.
How we know we’re making a difference
Since the One Step Closer program began in 2011, we’ve successfully engaged more than 350 children and young people at risk of homelessness in Perth. We’ve also released our Identity on the Line report
, which includes experiences and identifies reasons behind the street-presence of Aboriginal young people in the South East Corridor of Perth.
In the last year, more than 420 young people have also participated in Broome youth activities, with 63% successfully engaging in diversionary sports activities.
Our programs in Kununurra have reached more than 830 young people since 2009. These initiatives have reduced offending rates and alcohol and drug misuse through diversionary activities that keep young people off the street. It has also increased their connection to culture and community, and helped them engage with education, training and employment.
See the incredible impact this program is having through the photos and stories shared by the kids themselves on our Kununurra blog