Child Safety

Supported Independent Living

15 – 17 YEARS

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is care provided by support workers to young people in independent accommodation. The service involves individual or small group living for young people transitioning from full-time statutory care.

Youturn Youth Support is funded for around 18 placements.

The service has a strong focus on:

Supporting the development of the young person’s life skills and selfcare
Assisting young people to improve their social skills and relationships, including with family, peers and other social networks
Increasing the young person’s access to information and community supports, including future accommodation, health and income
Facilitating access to education, employment and vocational training opportunities for the young person
Get in touch

To find out more, donate and support our work please contact us on:
T: 0488 980 647 or 1300 679 849
E: childsafety@youturn.org.au

This program is based in the Sunshine Coast
Funded by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Sophia’s story

I came to here after spending two months in a Domestic Violence shelter. I grew up in Ethiopia and came to Australia in 2012 at the age of 12 with my uncle and cousins.  Things were very difficult where I was living and after 7 years I was supported by a multicultural worker who helped me find accommodation at a DV shelter.

After spending two months in a Domestic Violence shelter I was referred to Youturn Crisis Accommodation. For the first time in a very long time, I felt like I had a safe place to call home.    Previously I had missed a lot of school, but having an education is so important and I was determined to finish a See Program at Tafe.  Fran at Golden Beach helped me develop a Case Plan with some key goals including completing the Tafe hospitality course, increasing my independent living skills and seeing a Psychologist at headspace, to help me deal with my childhood trauma.

It was hard to adapt to a new routine and I used to get very anxious – “I felt like an Alien”.  But after 6 months at Golden Beach, I slowly made friends and started to find my feet.  I discovered a love of cooking and enjoyed cooking traditional Ethiopian dishes for the other residents.

It has not been easy, but I am getting there – I am starting learn who I am, what I want to achieve and to tick off my goals…  I am almost finished my Tafe course, I have managed to find shared accommodation in the local area and I am really excited to have been offered an apprenticeship as a chef here on the Sunshine coast.

* Sophia, 19 years (name changed)

Youturn would like to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First People and Traditional Custodians. We value their cultures, identities, and continuing connection to country, waters, kin and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and are committed to making a positive contribution to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, by providing services that are welcoming, safe, culturally appropriate and inclusive

Youturn is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. Youturn welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Our organisation is a company limited by guarantee. We are registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC), classified a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.

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