Mending young hearts
Anglicare WA child trauma services put young people first, helping those most vulnerable in our community build healthy relationships, and develop skills to thrive in the future.
The Young Hearts program is a domestic violence counselling service for children, dedicated to breaking the cycle of family and domestic violence, and it depends entirely on philanthropic funding.
In feeling unsafe at home, children and young people caught in the trauma of domestic violence can feel unsafe in general. They may experience isolation, mistrust, and overwhelming feelings of anger, helplessness and fear.
The impact of family violence on children and families involved is bad enough, but the knock-on effects damage our society as a whole. Young Hearts reaches out to these vulnerable children before they’re so profoundly affected that they too inflict violence, in the schoolyard, at home, or in their own families later in life.
The program provides free counselling in a safe and supportive environment for children up to 18 years of age, and it’s been very much in demand. It is recommended by The Family Court of Western Australia, the Department for Child Protection, WA Police, schools, hospitals and community organisations.
With no government assistance and limited corporate and philanthropic input, Young Hearts is struggling to survive.
On 1 July 2016 the Mandurah clinic was closed and Rockingham was cut to one part-time (three days per week) employee. All group sessions are currently cancelled.
Waiting lists for an appointment are now more than six months. Our partners and those who recommend the program struggle to decide where to direct at-risk youth. Court orders from the Family Court of WA to attend Young Hearts have been adversely affected by the long waiting list.
With enough funding our goal is to operate full-time in Rockingham and Mandurah, with counselling appointments five days per week and group programs every school term.
Without this funding, Young Hearts is in danger of closing.
Your support of Anglicare WA and Angels Rising will make a real difference to the lives of future generations. Watch our video about Young Hearts to learn more.