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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Safe Aboriginal youth (SAY) program

 

Overview

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

The Safe Aboriginal youth patrol was a community-based service that operated a safe transport and outreach service for young people who are on the streets late at night. Patrols involved skilled workers who staffed a bus, patrolled the community at night and engaged with young people. Safe Aboriginal youth patrols aimed 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 was a community-based service that provided supervised recreational and structured activities as well as access to food for young people. The program aimed to reduce the risk of young people becoming victims or persons of interest in relation to crime. The program budget provided 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 were also encouraged to link children with the program.

Derived from Department of Justice and Attorney General NSW abstract

Contacts

Department of Justice, New South Wales
Parramatta Justice Precinct
160 Marsden Street
Locked Bag 5111
Parramatta NSW 2124
Ph: (02) 8688 7777
Fax: (02) 8688 7980

Related publications

Safe Aboriginal Youth Program (2010)

Aboriginal Programs Unit

This fact sheet provides information on the Safe Aboriginal youth (SAY) program, which aims to reduce the rate of juvenile offending in New South Wales.

The 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: 16 September 2015
 
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