The New Street Adolescent Service program provides a coordinated, consistent, quality response to children and young people aged 10–17 years who sexually abuse. The program also works with the families of the children and young people. Through Keep Them Safe, funding was made available for:
- enhancement of the two existing services
- an additional service in a rural location with an Aboriginal focus.
NSW Health successfully established the additional service in western NSW (Dubbo), and has enhanced services for Sydney, the Central Coast, and Hunter New England (Newcastle and Tamworth).
Rural New Street, Western opened on 12 June 2011. All referrals have been Aboriginal young people aged between 11–13 years. The interagency reference group for western commenced in June 2011.
Up to 30 June 2011 Rural New Street, Hunter New England has received referrals for 16 young people with approximately one-third of its referrals for Aboriginal young people. The service has also seen an additional 39 family members. The Hunter New England service provides an accessible, culturally relevant, and safe service to Aboriginal young people, families, and communities.
A Senior Clinical Advisor provides clinical supervision and consultation to Service Coordinators and teams.
For more information, visit the NSW Health New Street Adolescent Service website.