Good Practice Guidelines for working with Unaccompanied Children 12 – 15 years accessing Specialist Homelessness Services
Through various discussions and consultations with the membership of Yfoundations and the Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) sector, a need was identified for greater consistency, transparency and accountability across services working with and supporting unaccompanied children 12 – 15 years of age.
In March 2016, Yfoundations senior project officer Kiera Talon initiated consultations with the SHS sector to gain a broader perspective and understanding of what services required to assist in informing internal policies and procedures, so that best practice could be consistently achieved and shared. The Guidelines recognise the existing high standard of work taking place in the SHS sector and aim to record and publicise this, as well as build on this to ensure consistency and excellence in service provision.
- The Guidelines are a companion resource to support the following Family and Community Services (FACS) documents:
- Draft protocol for responding to unaccompanied children and young people 12– 15 years of age who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
- Unaccompanied Children and Young People 12–15 Years Accessing Specialist Homelessness Services Policy
- Homeless Youth Assistance Program Service Delivery Framework
- Specialist Homelessness Services Practice Guidelines
- Specialist Homeless Services Case Management Resource Kit
- The Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (the Act)
The Guidelines will continue to be reviewed and updated as required in response to changing legislation, policies and service delivery requirements. Any changes will be carried out in consultation with FACS and SHS supporting unaccompanied children 12 – 15 years.