Philosophy

GYC seeks to provide a homelike environment for children and young people that promote positive personal change. We firmly believe that positive change is predominately brought about by the positive input provided by Youth Workers. Considering that Youth Workers spend the most time with children and young people in our care, it is logical to expect that the input offered by their function is the most likely to act as a catalyst for positive change. Youth Workers remain positive by adhering to the program principles established at GYC. This principle is particularly relevant when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. At GYC we believe that every child deserves the right to be raised in an environment that connects them with the culture and spiritual heritage.

Program Principles

  • Encourage and enhance personal independence and autonomy in everyday life and respect each person’s right to privacy, self-respect and independent decision making.
  • Supporting interventions that assist:
  • individual educational needs,
  • vocational needs,
  • personal development,
  • health and physical wellbeing,
  • emotional wellbeing,
  • relationships of significance,
  • social skills,
  • community inclusion,
  • self-determination and
  • Spiritual needs of each child and young person.
  • Children and young people maintain links with their culture, and religious values associated with their families.
  • The first language of children and young people is considered by staff and wherever possible maintained when providing care.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people will have access to relevant family, elders, representatives’, organisations or communities in relation to decisions, their care and developmental support.
  • Wherever possible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young persons will be placed with staff with same or similar cultural background. Every opportunity will be taken to build relationships with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community representatives to enhance the support and guidance provided to the children and young people in GYC.
  • To provide an environment for children and young people that enhances their social skills to enable them to deal with conflict and changes in their lives by taking responsibility for their actions.
  • To provide self-development programs for children and young people to assist self-identity and a sense of independence. Assist children and young people to self-advocate and strengthen their cultural and religious ties and instil respect for cultural differences in their daily interaction.
  • To consider the specific supports required by children and young people with a disability that is consistent with the GYC eligibility and exclusion criteria.
  • The sexual preference of children and young people will not influence how they are provided with care and support. Information about safe sex practices is provided to all children and young people as part of their life skills education.

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  • Every child or young person deserves a family life – restoration with families or transition to a foster care arrangement is pivotal in GYC casework.
  • That staff will respect and hold each child and young person in positive regard at all times while working with them. Every child or young person requires respect and positive regard in order to develop their personal belief as a valued individual within the community.
  • That every child or young person will participate in or have been consulted about decision making in relation to their care and future plans.
  • A child or young person’s parents are the most significant adults in their life. Wherever possible parents are involved in decisions that relate to the everyday life and future care of the child or young person.
  • GYC strives to create mutual respect between parents, staff, children and young people to develop a partnership to support the development of the child or young person.
  • Every child or young person has significant personal relationships that will be supported.
  • That residential care is the child or young person’s home for the period that they are with the organisation.
  • That GYC has a responsibility to establish access to specific specialised services such as disability services that are required by children and young persons in their care.
  • That the services provided by GYC reflect the identified goal on an individual Case Plan developed by FaCS through a consultative process with relevant professionals, the previous carers, the child or young person, their family and GYC.
  • Respect for every child or young person’s individual culture and religious beliefs at all times.
  • Respect for the individual needs of children and young persons.
  • Reliability and responsiveness in the provision of services requested by FaCS.
  • Continuous quality improvement and professional development of staff.
  • Probity in all aspects of service delivery.
  • Objectivity and non-judgemental in all dealings with organizations, children and young people, their families, previous and future carers.