Greater commitment to strong outcomes for young Queenslanders at risk
The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women and PCYC Queensland signed a statement of commitment together to provide strong outcomes for Queenslanders on Friday, 1 March.
The statement reflects PCYC Queensland and the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women’s commitment to work collaboratively to deliver even greater programs and services to benefit young Queenslanders at risk.
Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women Di Farmer said the statement solidified a common vision PCYC Queensland and the Department shared to improve outcomes for young people.
“When young people are disengaged from their families, from learning, or from the community, it’s easy for them to drift toward outcomes which are not ideal,” she said.
“We need to respond to that disengagement by wrapping around these young people and providing opportunities to reconnect with positive activities and experiences.
“PCYCs are a vital and key point of engagement for young people right across the state through their fantastic facilities, programs, activities and support for thousands of young Queenslanders.
“As Minister I am proud to acknowledge the signing of this document to recognise the important relationship we share.”
Ms Farmer said that for many years, Youth Justice and PCYC Queensland had worked together to improve life-outcomes for at-risk youth including referring youth to and from the Transition 2 Success program.
“We now have a strong platform from which to create new opportunities to strengthen our relationship for the benefit of young Queenslanders,” she said.
Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women Director-General, Michael Hogan, is committed to the partnership and working with PCYC Queensland to implement key actions under the Queensland Youth Strategy.
“The statement of commitment principles includes collaborating for improved outcomes, reducing violence and crime, advocating and providing a voice to the Queensland community and respecting and enhancing people’s rights,” Mr Hogan said.
“The Queensland Government is committed to enabling children and young people to be safe, thriving and connected in families and communities.”
PCYC Queensland member Jesse started his journey with Youth Support Services to re-engage with the community.
“I was disconnecting from my family and was really disengaged at school,” Jesse said.
“My youth support team at PCYC Mt Gravatt connected me with boxing and sport, helped me to deal with my issues and encouraged me to see there were positive opportunities out there for me.”
PCYC Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Phil Schultz, said the commitment to working with the Department was strengthened through the complementary visions of both partners.
“PCYC Queensland’s vision of building safer, healthier communities through youth development closely aligns with the Department’s vision to see that Queenslanders are safe and thriving in culture and communities,” Mr Schultz said.
“PCYC Queensland works collaboratively to deliver youth programs in metropolitan, regional and remote Indigenous communities throughout the state and looks forward to growing this area with increased support from the Queensland Government,” he said.