For young people

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As a young person, life can be tough. Parents, school, friends, money and other pressures can sometimes seem too much. This section of the Community Services website offers information and links for young people.

In problems? need help? we provide a portal to websites with specific advice and support for a range of issues, from dealing what to do if you or someone you know is being abused and what Community Services will do about it, to coping with problems at home, to obtaining legal advice, to leaving home, to knowing what to do about drugs, to coping with depression.

If are you in care, we offer support and information for young people who are in, are leaving, or have left foster care or other types of out of home care, including details on your rights during care, and information about after care assistance.

Free Safer Drivers Course for young people in OOHC

If you are in OOHC or a care leaver up to the age of 25, if you have a learner driving permit and have completed at least 50 hours of log book driving time, you are eligible to enrol in a Safer Drivers Course under the Roads and Maritime Services disadvantaged learner initiative for free (usually $140).

Ask your carers or caseworker to help you to complete the forms and clock up 20 hours of free driving time in your log book. For more information take a look at this factsheet. Here is a list of course provider locations.

Youth on Track

The first program of its kind in Australia, Youth on Track uses the expertise of police and teachers to help identify young people at risk of becoming involved in a crime.

These young people are then assessed and referred onto targeted services that respond to the underlying causes of crime that help to deal with issues such as substance abuse, educational problems, anger issues, mental illness and family dysfunction.

Using this process will help improve community safety by breaking the cycle of young people reoffending, ultimately getting them back 'on track'.

Implementation of Youth on Track began in March 2013 at three pilot sites – Blacktown, Newcastle City, and Kempsey.

Youth on Track complements other local Family and Community Services (FACS) youth initiatives such as the trial of innovative services for 9 to 15 year olds, recently tendered by Community Services. Through this new funding, five projects are to be established in April 2013 to develop local innovative service models to achieve positive outcomes for vulnerable children and young people and support them to be able to stay safely at home. Both Youth on Track and the Innovative 9 – 15's services will be trialed in the Blacktown region.

The Youth on Track program was launched by the NSW Attorney General and Minister for Justice in February 2013.

More information on Youth on Track is available from the Lawlink website.

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 (24 hours/7 days)