The Belmont Youth Programme is an intensive residential programme for at-risk and vulnerable young people aged 13 – 18 years who are currently under the care of the Department for Child Protection and Family Support. The Programme is designed to provide a safe living and learning environment for young people.
These young people often have histories of major traumatic events such as sexual and emotional abuse, family breakdown and homelessness. These traumatic experiences can lead them to exhibit challenging behaviours such as anger, apathy, anti-social behaviours, depression, drug use, truancy, suicidal ideation and self-harm behaviours. Professionally trained staff in the areas of social work, psychology, mental health, education and youth work therapeutically case manage the young people in the Programme.
Assigned workers at the Belmont Youth Programme develop a care plan with the young person and his/her significant others and is responsible for all aspects of that care plan.
The assigned worker will assist the young person with goal setting, identifying their issues and the team will support, motivate, role-model and guide the young person to address any issues that impacts on their functioning as an individual. Individualised care plans for all young people are reviewed on a regular basis which aims to optimise the young person’s growth in all development areas. The team is committed and will go to great lengths to find innovative solutions to assist the young people with their challenges. Staff assist young people in identifying their strengths and will encourage them to build on them whether it is music, art, athletic ability, technical ability or something else.
Cale House, 11/52 The Crescent, Midland WA 6056
Young people accepted into the Programme are required to have a day programme, education, training and/or employment. The Belmont Youth Programme Team is particularly effective in finding alternative education and training options. As a participant in the Programme, residents are encouraged to take responsibility for their living environment and are taught budgeting, cooking, lifestyle and independent living skills. Young people are encouraged to commit to extramural, recreational and spiritual activities to extend their positive social networks. If young people are unable to return home, they will receive assistance in developing their independent living skills to move to more stable, long-term accommodation.
Most of the young people at the Belmont Youth Programme have extremely limited contact and/or dysfunctional relationships with their families. The Programme has a major focus on re-establishing and maintaining links, where appropriate, between the young person and his/her family or significant others.
Although the Programme has been successful in re-engaging parents and family members in the lives of the young people, there is a small group of young people that have limited or no support networks and they are the ones left behind everyone else goes home for important festive celebrations, re-enforcing their rejection from family and the community.
The Belmont Youth Programme can only accept referrals from the Department for Child Protection and Family Support Placement Officer.
- Supported accommodation
- Assistance to access services
- Case Management
- Crisis Management
- Support planning
- Family Work
- Educational Support
- Social Skills Development