In any given year approximately 20% of young people accessing BYS for support are parents. Young people also seek our support due to relationship breakdown with their family of origin, which causes or places them at significant risk of homelessness.

Strengthening sustainable family support from a youthwork approach has been identified as advantageous to young people’s longer-term stability and wellbeing, based on the successful internal trial of our youth-specific approach to family engagement work.

BYS has accessed flagship funding through Hand Heart Pocket to design and implement an innovative approach to building the strength of young people’s relationships with their chosen family. The Safe and Connected Futures Program will run from 2021-26.

Learn more about our Safe and Connected Futures Program