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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Safe Aboriginal youth (SAY) program

 

Overview

The Safe Aboriginal youth (SAY) program provides two different youth support options, a Safe Aboriginal youth patrol and a Safe Aboriginal youth activity program.

The Safe Aboriginal youth patrol is a community-based service that operates a safe transport and outreach service for young people who are on the streets late at night. Patrols involve skilled workers who staff a bus, patrolling the community at night and engaging with young people. Safe Aboriginal youth patrols aim to reduce the risk of young people becoming victims of crime or persons of interest in relation to crime by transporting them to a safe home or a safe activity or referring them to a support service.

The Safe Aboriginal youth activity model is a community-based service that provides supervised recreational and structured activities as well as access to food for young people. The program aims to reduce the risk of young people becoming victims or persons of interest in relation to crime. The program budget provides a vehicle so that children can be transported to and from the program. Other community youth service providers, Police Aboriginal Community Liaison Offcers and community members are also encouraged to link children with the program.

Derived from Department of Justice and Attorney General NSW abstract

Contacts

Crime Prevention Division
Department of Justice and Attorney General
Locked Bag 5111
Parramatta NSW 2124
Ph: (02) 8688 3277
Fax: (02) 8688 9627
Email: cpd_unit@agd.nsw.gov.au

Related publications

Safe Aboriginal Youth Program (2010)

Aboriginal Programs Unit

Developed by New South Wales (NSW) Government to reduce the rate of juvenile offending, the Safe Aboriginal youth (SAY) program provides two different youth support options (patrol and activities) that are implemented by non-government organisations and operate in 11 communities. The SAY patrol model provides a safe transport and outreach service for young people who are on the streets late at night. The SAY activity model provides supervised recreational and structured activities and access to food.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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Last updated: 1 May 2014
 
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