A partnership between Homelessness NSW,
Domestic Violence NSW and Yfoundations

Partnership - Sydney Young Parents Program between Launchpad Youth Community, YWCA NSW and Good Shepherd

Excellence in Ending Homelessness - Children and Families Nominee

Partnership - Sydney Young Parents Program between Launchpad Youth Community, YWCA NSW and Good Shepherd

Please give your reasons for nominating this partnership.

The Sydney Young Parents Program (SYPP) is targeted at young parents and their children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, pregnant young women and parents working towards restoration. Launchpad is the lead agency for a consortium with YWCA NSW and Good Shepherd. All agencies support clients to find stable accommodation, links to other services, access to brokerage and educational and vocational opportunities. The young parent client group often have significant co-morbidities and trauma histories including sexual assault and childhood abuse. They may be homelessness or at significant risk of homelessness and have experienced family or domestic violence. Often, they have previous FACS involvement as children and also due to these psychosocial factors they may have current FACS involvement in their pregnancy and for the babies. The SYPP Program have a strong ability to engage young people quickly and work to address vulnerabilities. The SYPP staff work in collaboration with multiple agencies such as Housing, Centrelink, FACS and JJ’s to support young people’s successful transition into adulthood. They also provide housing support to ensure clients can maintain successful tenancies with their young families. In some cases, extensive case management through the SYP Program would have been a key factor in these young families staying together.

What outcomes were delivered as a result of this partnership?

In the last financial year SYPP serviced a total of 289 clients with 164 of those being children. Forty-eight percent of the clientele identified as Aboriginal Australians, this demonstrates the workers abilities to provide culturally appropriate support to this population. Thirty-four family units were housed in SYPP provided transitional accommodation while receiving supports from the program. When the program commenced in 2015 there were only 6 properties attached to SYPP. By working closely with a number of community housing providers the lead agency has been able to increase this to 40 transitional properties shared between the 3 providers.

Reference statement:

Cecilia Correy

As the Young Parent Social Worker at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital I feel so reassured when referring to launch Pad caseworkers that my clients will get professional and trauma sensitive support. I cannot praise the Launch Pad Caseworkers enough. The young parent client group often have significant co-morbidities; they often have trauma histories including sexual assault and childhood abuse. They may be homelessness or at significant risk of homelessness and have experienced family or domestic violence. They may have drug health issues and Juvenile Justice involvement. Often they have previous FACS involvement as children and also due to these psychosocial factors they may have current FACS involvement in their pregnancy and for the babies. Launch pad have a strong ability to engage young people quickly and work to address vulnerabilities. They focus on the parent as well as keeping the safety and development of the child at the forefront. The workers are able to have difficult conversations with clients and address risk, whilst also being an incredibly strong advocate for these young women. They know how to navigate multiple agencies such as Housing, Centrelink , FACS and Juvenile Justice and support young people in their development into adults. They provide incredible practical and housing support that can minimise stressors in young people’s lives. Because of all these factors they are truly able to facilitate change for young families.