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Youth Advocacy Centre Inc

Contact

Name: Janet Wight

Position: Director

Email: admin@yac.net.au

Address

4/162 Petrie Tce

Brisbane

Brisbane 4000

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Our Mission / Objective

Mission: To increase young people’s access to legal and social justice by actively supporting and speaking out with and for young people.




Objectives:



1. To support and advocate for the legal needs and rights



of disadvantaged and/or vulnerable young people.



2. To support and advocate in relation to the



social welfare needs of disadvantaged and/or



vulnerable young people.



3.To enable young people, and those working with



young people, to better understand, use and



benefit from the law and the legal system as it



is relevant to them or impacts on them.



4.To support the development of a socio-legal



system that is more responsive and appropriate



to the needs of young people and which takes



account of their developmental and situational



issues and Australia’s international obligations.



5. To provide and maintain the highest quality



support and advocacy service to young people.

Our Services

YAC offers free legal services, youth support and family support assistance and services to young people generally 10 to 18 years (inclusive) particularly those who are involved in, or are at risk of involvement in, the youth justice and/or the child protection systems, and/or are homeless or at risk of homelessness and live in or around the greater Brisbane region.We provide more limited support to those under 10 and over 18 years of age; and to young people outside of Brisbane via telephone, website and publications.

Our Beneficiaries

Young people generally 10 to 18 years (inclusive) particularly those who are involved in, or are at risk of involvement in, the youth justice and/or the child protection systems, and/or are homeless or at risk of homelessness and live in or around the greater Brisbane region.



Ongoing involvement with the youth justice system is both the result of, and a contributor to, social welfare problems: our aim is not only to ensure that young people have good legal advice and representation, important as this is, but to try to turn lives around by seeking to address the developmental and situational issues which are contributing to young people's behaviours.

Who are our clients?



64% are not in school or training



Up to 45% have mental health issues



65% experience family breakdown



44% are homeless or at risk of homelessness



50% have substance use issues (past or present)



77% are known to Child Safety Services

Projects in Progress

YAC is a multidisciplinary team comprising:


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 








            • 2 solicitors







 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 








            • legal education lawyer







 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 








            • homelessness/youth at risk worker







 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 








            • family worker







 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 








            • 2.5 bail support staff







 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 








            • youth worker and trainer for young people disengaged from school







 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


In addition to the individual casework, YAC is working with Queensland Program of Assistance for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT) and the Qld African Communities Council on a project around young people and the law for members of African communities. It is hoped that this could become a blueprint for working with other communities of diverse backgrounds.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


YAC has an ongoing interest in providing submissions to inquiries, reviews and similar, to advocate for young people or to draw attention to impacts, intended or unintended, of particular policies or processes.

Our People

CEO

Janet Wight, Director

Number of Employees

14 (some part time)

Number of Volunteers

5 plus Management Committee members who all provide their time free of charge.

Registration Information

ABN

11 746 358 763

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

Wills and Bequests

YAC would welcome a bequest in a will: preferably this would be a general bequest to support the work of the Centre so that we can apply it in the most effective manner as circumstances at the time dictate. 

General Donations

 


 



 


 

Other support

Becoming a member of YAC to indicate support for the work we do and our client group


 


 


 


Any pro bono or reduced cost support that a person or business can provide due to their skills or nature of the services they provide which would be relevant to the running of administrative and managerial aspects of YAC


 


 


 


 

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Due to the nature of the work (mostly court representation for the lawyers and case management for the social welfare staff), and our client group (10-18 years) we are restricted in the number of volunteers we can take. However, the following would be of assistance:


 




    • Experienced lawyers who could assist at court (youth justice matters) would be particularly welcome.



 




    • People with experience of working with disadvantaged or vulnerable young people who would be available to assist in taking young people to appointments or similar (using YAC vehicles)



 




    • People with an education background who could assist the legal education officer in the development of materials or alternative formats



 

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

Mission: To increase young people’s access to legal and social justice by actively supporting and speaking out with and for young people.




Objectives:



1. To support and advocate for the legal needs and rights



of disadvantaged and/or vulnerable young people.



2. To support and advocate in relation to the



social welfare needs of disadvantaged and/or



vulnerable young people.



3.To enable young people, and those working with



young people, to better understand, use and



benefit from the law and the legal system as it



is relevant to them or impacts on them.



4.To support the development of a socio-legal



system that is more responsive and appropriate



to the needs of young people and which takes



account of their developmental and situational



issues and Australia’s international obligations.



5. To provide and maintain the highest quality



support and advocacy service to young people.

Our Services

YAC offers free legal services, youth support and family support assistance and services to young people generally 10 to 18 years (inclusive) particularly those who are involved in, or are at risk of involvement in, the youth justice and/or the child protection systems, and/or are homeless or at risk of homelessness and live in or around the greater Brisbane region.We provide more limited support to those under 10 and over 18 years of age; and to young people outside of Brisbane via telephone, website and publications.

Our Beneficiaries

Young people generally 10 to 18 years (inclusive) particularly those who are involved in, or are at risk of involvement in, the youth justice and/or the child protection systems, and/or are homeless or at risk of homelessness and live in or around the greater Brisbane region.



Ongoing involvement with the youth justice system is both the result of, and a contributor to, social welfare problems: our aim is not only to ensure that young people have good legal advice and representation, important as this is, but to try to turn lives around by seeking to address the developmental and situational issues which are contributing to young people's behaviours.

Who are our clients?



64% are not in school or training



Up to 45% have mental health issues



65% experience family breakdown



44% are homeless or at risk of homelessness



50% have substance use issues (past or present)



77% are known to Child Safety Services

Projects in Progress

YAC is a multidisciplinary team comprising:


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 








            • 2 solicitors







 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 








            • legal education lawyer







 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 








            • homelessness/youth at risk worker







 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 








            • family worker







 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 








            • 2.5 bail support staff







 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 








            • youth worker and trainer for young people disengaged from school







 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


In addition to the individual casework, YAC is working with Queensland Program of Assistance for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT) and the Qld African Communities Council on a project around young people and the law for members of African communities. It is hoped that this could become a blueprint for working with other communities of diverse backgrounds.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


YAC has an ongoing interest in providing submissions to inquiries, reviews and similar, to advocate for young people or to draw attention to impacts, intended or unintended, of particular policies or processes.

Our People

CEO

Janet Wight, Director

Number of Employees

14 (some part time)

Number of Volunteers

5 plus Management Committee members who all provide their time free of charge.

Registration Information

ABN

11 746 358 763

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

Wills and Bequests

YAC would welcome a bequest in a will: preferably this would be a general bequest to support the work of the Centre so that we can apply it in the most effective manner as circumstances at the time dictate. 

General Donations

 


 



 


 

Other support

Becoming a member of YAC to indicate support for the work we do and our client group


 


 


 


Any pro bono or reduced cost support that a person or business can provide due to their skills or nature of the services they provide which would be relevant to the running of administrative and managerial aspects of YAC


 


 


 


 

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Due to the nature of the work (mostly court representation for the lawyers and case management for the social welfare staff), and our client group (10-18 years) we are restricted in the number of volunteers we can take. However, the following would be of assistance:


 




    • Experienced lawyers who could assist at court (youth justice matters) would be particularly welcome.



 




    • People with experience of working with disadvantaged or vulnerable young people who would be available to assist in taking young people to appointments or similar (using YAC vehicles)



 




    • People with an education background who could assist the legal education officer in the development of materials or alternative formats



 

Our Annual Reports

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