12 October 2010
Positive Pathways for vulnerable youth
Kati Krsevan is calling on the entire youth services sector to put young people at risk at the centre of all service delivery. Image © iStockphoto.
The inaugural RMIT Youth Work Industry Leaders Series forum featured Director of the Victorian Office for Youth, Kati Krsevan.
She gave an engaging speech, highlighting the importance of collaboration and cooperation between agencies to deliver the best outcome for Victoria's vulnerable young people.
Ms Krsevan gave a detailed overview of the Victorian Government's recently launched Positive Pathways framework, highlighting the principles that underpin Victoria's approach to services for vulnerable youth and their families.
The five areas of focus to guide development of youth services are:
- engagement in education, training and employment;
- early identification of vulnerable young people;
- tailored responses to particular groups;
- local partnership, planning and participation; and
- effective services and capable people.
Ms Krsevan called on the entire youth services sector to put young people at risk at the centre of all service delivery.
"We, the youth services industry, need to ensure our approach is focused on working with others to make decisions and provide support that is best for the young people in our care.
"One of the key planks of the Positive Pathways framework will be the trialling of a common assessment and referral system to help young people get the right advice and assistance from the agency that is best placed to help," she said.
With the release of this framework, the Government is also investing $11 million over the next three years in a Brighter Futures initiative, which aims to give effect to the principles set out in the new framework.
This funding will establish seven demonstration projects to trial models for a consolidated and integrated youth service system which can better identify and respond to young people and their families who are at risk.