Jane* was referred into The Geelong Project via the Student Needs Survey. The survey identified that Jane was considered high risk for becoming homeless so a screening interview was arranged for one of our TGP case workers to speak with Jane. In addition to Jane having mental and physical illness issues, it was identified that she was dealing with the presence of family violence and drug and alcohol abuse in the home.
Through ongoing case management support, it was revealed that Jane’s younger sibling and a parent were also struggling with a variety of issues. Through the project, Jane has received ongoing support from her TGP case worker, her sibling has been referred to a suitable program for his current issues, from which we have received ongoing feedback that he is doing well, and through another supporting agency Jane’s parent has been receiving one on one parenting support to help in providing coping skils to deal with the issues of the young people in the home.
With the continued support of project and agency staff, and the development of appropriate boundaries, there has been considerably less conflict at home and vital support is being provided for the young people in the family to avoid them disengaging from their home.
George* came to us via a direct referral into the program from a partnering school. A TGP case worker was assigned to George and a screening interview was carried out. Through the screening process, it was identified that three young people from the one family were in desperate need of accommodation due to being recently evicted from their family home. Each young person also have a variety of additional needs requiring attention on an ongoing regular basis. Additional screenings for the other young people were carried out and all three young people were engaged with the project.
Our staff have been able to find them stable accommodation where they could remain together, which means they could maintain their education regime and have ongoing appointments for their additional needs.
To achieve the outcomes for this family, project staff collaborated with a number of supporting agencies to ensure that wrap around support was received. A great early intervention success story.