More support for vulnerable young people in Pine Rivers and Caboolture

04/07/2014

Young people living on Brisbane’s North will have access to more support and crisis counselling delivered by Bravehearts.

Visiting the Bravehearts service in Strathpine, Child Safety Minister Tracy Davis said the Queensland Government was revitalising frontline services and had injected an additional $100,000 to meet the demand in the area.

“Our government has a strong plan for a brighter future for vulnerable young people,” Ms Davis said.

“We are working to improve the state’s child protection system and have begun implementing landmark reforms to strengthen families.

“The Government has accepted the recommendations from the Child Protection Commission of Inquiry and has committed $406 million to implement the reforms aimed at building stronger families,” she said.

Bravehearts Founder and CEO Hetty Johnston said the organisation would use the funding to provide additional counselling to 70 people, for 700 sessions and 1200 hours to dent a three-month wait list.

“This funding has helped us to deliver this vital service for children and adult survivors of child sexual assault to more people in need, but we are still beyond capacity and the strain on our staff is consistent,” Ms Johnston said.

“The fact is people who are vulnerable and in need of specialist counselling should not have to wait to get access to specialist services.”

Member for Pine Rivers Seath Holswich said the additional counselling to help survivors of child sexual assault has made a real difference for many young people in Pine Rivers and Caboolture.

“Protecting children is a priority for the Queensland Government and we are proud to partner with Bravehearts to deliver this important community service,” Mr Holswich said.

For more information about the child protection reforms visit: http://www.communities.qld.gov.au/gateway/reform-and-renewal/child-and-family