The YES Early Intervention Services include
1) Adolescent Family Counselling
2) The Place Youth Centre
3) Therapeutic Well-being Program
4) Community Access Information and Referral Service (CAIRS)
The Adolescent Family Counselling service was established in 1985 in response to a need for specialist counselling services for adolescents and their families to assist at a time of crisis and stress. The service is aimed at relationship reconciliation and the prevention of family breakdown. In recognition of the specialist skills required in the services state-wide, positions were established with adequate provision of on-going training and clinical supervision expenses. The Adolescent Family Counsellors Association (NSW) was formed in 1992 and annual conferences of the association provide service development and training for Adolescent Family Counsellors.
The Place Youth Centre is located at 329 Griffith Road Lavington, in the old Lavington Library building. The Place provides a safe and supervised environment where young people can access support and strengths based case management or just hang out and engage with peers. Programs and activities that run within the centre focus on respect, positive relationships, personal health and wellbeing as well as fun and recreation.
The Therapeutic Well-being Program is delivered at Broughton House Youth Refuge and Betty’s Place Women’s Refuge. The program is part of the Government’s Keep Them Safe child protection reforms and is aimed at assisting vulnerable children and young people early so they do not escalate into the child protection system. The Program targets low to medium risk children and young people where presenting problems, if left unattended, would likely escalate to the point where either a more intensive service would be required or risk of significant harm is identified.
The Community Access Information and Referral Service (CAIRS) was established in 2011 to provide generalist information and advice, and an entry and referral point to other services, for young people and families.
Funding: Funding is provided by the NSW Government Department of Family and Community Services under the Early Intervention Placement Prevention Program (EIPP) – Child, Youth and Family Stream.
The aims and objectives of the YES Early Intervention Services are to provide:
- A timely intervention with follow up as necessary
- Services which are comprehensive, factual and accurate and include referral to other services as appropriate
- Support and assistance in a manner that is respectful, strengths based and maintains each child’s, young person’s and family’s privacy
- Support and assistance in a manner that respects and values each child’s, young person’s and family’s cultural heritage.
- Services which are accessible, responsive to community need, practical and sensitive to the needs of children, young people and families
Hours of Operation: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. After hours appointment times available also by arrangement.