Parkerville Children and Youth Care protects and cares for the most vulnerable children and youth in our community through the provision of a therapeutic environment that utilises a range of professional services. Our core business remains our response to the “high needs child”. Many of these children and youth have suffered chronic histories of multiple abuse and display a range of trauma-related behaviours.
Out of Home Care for children and youth will always remain our core business, however, Parkerville Children and Youth Care today also offers valuable outreach services and programmes to the wider community for children, youth and families in need. For more details on these programmes please visit the services section within this website.
Our services are designed to be outcome focused for the children and youth for whom we provide care. There is an emphasis on individualised care plans to meet the needs of each and every child or young person. We strive to make a positive difference to the lives of all children and youth who come into our care.
Ensuring that children, young people and families feel safe and supported and their voices are heard.
Acknowledging the challenging environment in which we work and supporting each other.
Doing what we say we do.
Working in a transparent and ethical manner.
Being responsible, accountable and consistent in the work we do.
Embracing the uniqueness in everyone and valuing their experience and contribution.
Promoting and upholding the safety and rights of children, young people and families.
Communicating with regard to the feelings and rights of others.
Believing that working together will make a difference.
Having faith that change is possible.
Recognising the potential in each and every person and helping them to achieve it.
Why We Do It
At Parkerville Children and Youth Care we have been caring for Western Australia’s most vulnerable children and young people for the past 112 years, caring is our core value and at the heart of everything we do.
It is an unnerving reality in 21st century Australia that one in four girls and one in six boys will be abused before they reach 18 years of age. Whether the abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, through neglect or exposure to domestic violence; the impact of the trauma is just as devastating, affecting the developmental pathways of the child’s brain.
Without intervention and treatment, these children will remain developmentally delayed, cognitively, emotionally and intellectually impaired; plagued by mental illness, suffering depression, anxiety and suicide; addiction to drugs or alcohol; with a predisposition to criminal activity; an inability to form relationships; a potential abuser of their own children and an ongoing burden to society where, inevitably, they become part of our social exclusion data.
The good news is that, using a therapeutic approach, we are now able to return these children and young people to full health, giving them the best chance at a happy and fulfilling life. Each year we work with more than 2000 children, young people and families throughout Western Australia delivering programmes and services to help them recover from their trauma; to obtain the tools and knowledge to be a better family; to become happy, confident parents to happy, confident children; to overcome poverty and homelessness.
We take a strong proactive approach to our mission, working with over 20 schools in the Perth metropolitan area giving students the tools to better manage their emotions and understand their interactions with others, and staff the tools to better understand the needs of children who have suffered abuse and/or come from vulnerable backgrounds.
Parkerville staff speak with hundreds of people each year thanks to opportunities provided by businesses, community groups, schools, sporting clubs, government departments and other agencies; generating greater awareness of our work and the issue of child abuse in Australia in the hope that they will become advocates for our cause and share our vision for a community that is free from child abuse, so that all our children have the opportunity to grow to their full potential.
We are very proud of the work we do and the positive outcomes our dedicated staff are able to achieve for our clients with the support of our volunteers, our corporate and individual supporters and the Western Australian community at large… but there is still much to do.