August 2, 2019


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

What if we could offer them hope, encouragement and positive experiences? Whitelion is doing just that with ‘Invest In Me’ and you can help.

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
  • Mentoring
  • 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.


  • Sounds very supportive and helpful. Great article.


  • Sounds like a great program


  • Do they also help children and help them report abuse? I know of a girl who was being sexually abused by her Dad so she was breaking into a car and sleeping in it most nights. The car owner found her in it one freezing cold night so he took her inside, rang a lady who dealt in such cases, the lady went and talked to her then took her to the Police Station to lodge a report. He had molested her earlier in the night so the Police arranged for her to be be examined in a hospital. Her Dad was charged and placed in Foster Care – with people who genuinely love and care for her


  • Whitelions sounds fantastic, what a great program.


  • Whitelion came to my son’s secondary school for a couple of sessions for his Year 12 group last year. My son was really engaged and came home talking about it. A great service.


  • This sounds like a wonderful program and I’m so pleased at the results they are getting.


  • Sounds like they are doing wonderful work!


  • We took 2 foster children up in our family under a guardianship order who are victim of severe neglect and carry the scars of that indeed. I’ve not heard of WhiteLion. It’s a pity they’re not based in Queensland, I would be interested in their youth program.


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