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The Killara youth support service (Killara) was an outreach support program for young people and their families who are having problems which were attracting, or may attract, attention of the police and the law.
The service helped with youth problems such as:
Involvement with Killara was voluntary. It aimed to act as a link between young people, their families, and the police. It aimed to help young people get back on track and to tackle any problems before they became serious. Caseworkers looked at all police cautions issued to young people in the metropolitan area and would contact families to offer assistance if they were having trouble managing a young person's behaviour. Both families and police officers could call Killara if they were worried about the behaviour of a young person.
Killara provided young people and families with a free, extended hours, counselling service, both by telephone and at home. Caseworkers helped identify issues of concern, mediate conflicts, offer behaviour management strategies, and provided referrals to other services and resources.
An evaluation of Killara youth and family support services was completed by the Department of Corrective Services (the Department) in October 2011. The review found that the Department had moved towards a broader strategy for youth diversion and that Killara services would be more effective if subsumed into that strategic direction. The review recommended that the Department consider co-locating the existing Killara staff with the Metropolitan youth bail service (MYBS) to strengthen the early intervention and prevention services provided by both services. As a result, the Department closed the existing Killara youth and family support services and amalgamated existing Killara staff into the MYBS on 27 April 2012.
Abstract adapted from the Department of Corrective Services, Western Australia
Department of Corrective Services
Level 9, 141 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Locked Bag 22
Cloisters Square WA 6850
Ph: (08) 9264 1711
Fax: (08) 9264 1748