Pathfinders welcomes youth strategy

Pathfinders have welcomed a new program to support children and young people find their path. File image.
Pathfinders have welcomed a new program to support children and young people find their path. File image.

Pathfinders chief executive officer Alan Brennan, welcomed this week’s release of the NSW government’s three-year strategic plan for Children and Young People.

“The plan, prepared by the Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People, will be a blueprint for developing and improving services for children,” Mr Brennan said. For the first time the plan deeply reflects a significant input from more than 4000 NSW children around the kinds of services they believe will make a difference.

“To have this level of input from those who will be directly affected by the plan means that it will have greater resonance and relevance.”

Mr Brennan said he particularly welcomed the plan’s focus on the areas where Pathfinders has a direct involvement.

“Addressing disadvantage such as unemployment, poverty, homelessness, social exclusion and isolation are just some of our priorities.

“Access to a safe home environment, crisis accommodation, transitioning from home and school to independent living and training for young people in rural and regional centres are central to the work we do on a daily basis.”

Mr Brennan said he hoped the plan would facilitate stronger relationships across all organisations delivering services for families and children in New England, North West Tablelands, and Mid North Coast, where Pathfinders provides services.

Pathfinders currently provides the Ability Links program in Moree, giving people with compromised abilities a chance to pursue their personal ambitions. 

Their Moree-based Family Referral Service assists youth who do not meet the statutory threshold for child protection intervention, but would benefit from accessing support to address current problems and prevent future escalations.