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YouthBeat - WA

Youth engagement & transitions

Youthbeat WA is a safety/ early intervention program supporting young people aged under 17 years who are on the street, homeless or at-risk in the Perth metro area. Youthbeat has a Youth Outreach team and provides Case Management support. YouthBeat works in conjunction with the Youth at Risk Strategy (YARS). YARS operates alongside the WA Police who identifies and apprehends at-risk young people to the YouthBeat facility. Where the Department of Communities Crisis Care Unit, locates an adult who can provide safe accommodation for the young person. Once a suitable adult has been located YouthBeat or Nyoongar Outreach Services provides transport. Referrals are varied.

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Variable hours, details are in Service Description

Youthbeat is a Mission Australia safety and early intervention program supporting youth on the streets of the Perth CBD.

This comprehensive program provides mobile outreach to young people in the Northbridge and inner city areas, as well as counselling and goal setting. Youthbeat also runs a recreation program for young people on Thursday and Friday nights.

Youthbeat's brightly coloured vans are manned by professional youth workers who are trained to deal with alcohol and drug-fuelled incidents and support young people experiencing homelessness.

The service provides safety, information and guidance for young people at risk and connects them with local community services, family and peers.

A key feature of the model is follow-up support with young people and their families. Youthbeat helps young people to become strong, healthy adults who play active roles in their communities.

Our Youthbeat workers support young people to:

  • Stay safe in public places
  • Overcome drug and alcohol abuse
  • Receive accommodation support
  • Connect with their community
  • Plan for the future

Youthbeat is funded by the Department of Health and Ageing, Department for Child Protection and Perth City Council. The program works in partnership with Nyoongar Patrol, City of Perth and the WA Police.

Who we assist

YouthBeat assist young people aged 17 years old and younger who are street present, homeless or at risk within the Perth metropolitan area.
YARS operates on Friday and Saturday nights from 9pm-5am. Yars also operates on New Years Eve and Australia day.
YouthBeat Office operates Monday to Friday from 8:30-4:30 except public holidays and Christmas Shut down.

Eligibility criteria

Any young person who is at risk in the Perth metropolitan area who require support. The Youth at Risk Strategy (YARS) operates with the WA Police identifying and apprehend young people who they deem to be at risk and convey them to the YouthBeat facility. Here YouthBeat staff work with the Department of Communities - Child Protection, Crisis Care Unit and Nyoongar Outreach Service to locate and transport young people aged 17 and under to safe accommodation.

Referral process

The Western Australia Police directly refer young people into YARS. However throughout the week, young people can self-refer for case management during a YARS shift or thorugh outreach team during the week, referrals are also received from government and non-government agencies including schools and

Purpose - 'Inspired by Jesus Christ, Mission Australia exists to meet human need and to spread the knowledge of the love of God'