As parents, we LOVE to see our children thrive in life. We want them to be healthy and happy, but what about those that need a little extra assistance, what about at risk young people who are the survivors of childhood abuse and neglect?
How can we support these young adults within our community to be healthy, happy and confident?
Could you imagine what it’s like to be an abuse survivor and face school everyday? How about being a young adult trying to enter the workforce? What happens when the impact of trauma takes over your life and it’s hard to function ‘normally’? Quite often, young people who grow up in families where poverty, neglect or abuse are normal have their lives dictated to them – their days are ruled by court proceedings, professional interventions and more. This can make it even harder for them to take charge of their own lives and build confidence.
The stats around child abuse and neglect, in many different forms, are alarming. In 2017–18, about 159,000 children aged 0–17 received child protection services (an investigation, care and protection order or out-of-home care placement). This trauma experienced in childhood alters brain development which can lead to risk taking behaviour and problems in adolescence. According to the Australian Institute of Family Studies trauma is thought to have significant implications for the development of children’s cognition, language and self-identity. You may be surprised to realise survivors of traumatic childhoods go to the same school as your own children. The difference is, young people at risk may not feel like they have the same opportunities as your child does. With unstable family networks, adults in their lives tend to be professional workers and not role models or mentors who can help young minds shape goals and aspirations
Whitelion’s vision is for all young people to have equal opportunities to succeed.
Whitelion’s purpose is to give young people the pride, courage & opportunities to change their lives.
If a young person between the ages of 10 and 25 is at risk due to isolation from mainstream opportunities or is experiencing the impact of trauma, Whitelion provides tailored services across the following program streams:
- Outreach & case management
- Vocational pathways including pre-employment, alternative education settings & employment placements
If you’d like to invest in the amazing programs Whitelion are offering at-risk young people you can do so by visiting the Whitelion website.