Belmont Youth Program

The Belmont Youth Program is an intensive residential program for at-risk and vulnerable young people.

Our Belmont Youth Program is an intensive residential program for at-risk and vulnerable young people aged 13 to18 years who are currently under the care of the Department of Communities - Child Protection and Family Support. The program is designed to provide a safe living and learning environment for young people.

The young people we help often have histories of major trauma, such as sexual and emotional abuse, family breakdown and homelessness. Professionally trained staff from social work, youth work, psychology and mental health, work therapeutically together to help clients.

How the program helps young people

Our team assists young people to set goals, identify their issues and help support, motivate, role-model and guide the young person to address the issues impacting their lives. Individualised care plans are developed to optimise the young person’s growth in all areas.

Our team is committed and goes to great lengths to find innovative solutions to assist young people to achieve their goals, identify and build on their strengths, whether it is music, art, athletic ability, technical ability or another area of interest.

Young people accepted at Belmont are required to have a day program e.g. education, training or employment. The Belmont team is particularly effective in finding alternative education and training options.

As a participant, residents are encouraged to take responsibility for their living arrangements and are taught budgeting, cooking, lifestyle and independent living skills. Young people are encouraged to commit to recreational and spiritual activities to extend their positive social networks. If young people are unable to return home, they receive assistance to build their independent living skills and to move to stable, long-term accommodation.

Most of the young people at the Belmont Youth Program have limited contact or broken relationships with family. Re-establishing and maintaining links, where appropriate, between the young person and their family, is a significant focus.

Services we provide in the program:

Referrals

The Belmont Youth Program can only accept referrals from the Department for Child Protection and Family Support Placement Officer.