Youth Off The Streets is a non-denominational community organisation working for disadvantaged young people who may be homeless, drug dependent and/or recovering from abuse.
Youth Off The Streets supports these young people as they work to turn their lives around and overcome immense personal trauma such as neglect, physical, psychological and/or emotional abuse.
It is our goal that these young people will leave our care drug free, with a high school education, living skills and a full-time or part time job in hand.
Since opening in 1991, Youth Off The Streets has grown from a single food van delivering meals to young homeless people on the streets of Kings Cross to a major youth specific agency offering a full continuum of care through delivery of a wide range of services.
Our 35 services include aboriginal programs, crisis accommodation, alcohol and other drug services, counselling, accredited high schools, outreach and residential programs. Volunteers support us every step of the way.
Youth Off The Streets is accredited as a Designated Agency for Out of Home Care and maintains policies and procedures that comply with the benchmark standards as defined by the Office of the Children’s Guardian.
The legislative frameworks we comply with or work within are:
Out of Home Care and Child Protection
Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (NSW)
Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Amendment
(Parental Responsibilities Contracts) Act 2006 (NSW)
Child Protection (Offenders Registration) Act 2000 (NSW)
Crimes Act 1900 (NSW)
Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998 (NSW)
The Ombudsman Act 1974 (NSW)
NSW Trustee and Guardian Act 2009
The Privacy Act 1988
The Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)
Education Act 1990 (NSW)
Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012
Teacher Accreditation Act 2004
Institute of Teaches Act 2004
Disability Discrimination Act 1992
Work Health and Safety Act 2011
Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979
Food Act 2003
Explosives Act 2003
Building Code of Australia.
Our programs focus on positive options for young people and strength based strategies that don’t allocate blame or see kids as the problem. We challenge kids to make decisions for themselves, take responsibility for their own lives, and understand they can do well.
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