Having access to support from their families, friends, and community is essential for pregnant and parenting young people to make healthy decisions and to ensure positive outcomes for themselves and their children.
Several government and community agencies provide support and counselling for young people and their families.
The Family Relationships Online website provides all families (whether together or separated) with access to information about family relationship issues, ranging from building better relationships to dispute resolution. It also allows families to find out about a range of services that can assist them to manage relationship issues.
The Department of Communities and Education Queensland have collaborated to establish the Youth Support Coordinator initiative to assist young people still connected to education and/or training to move into and through the senior phase of learning. The role of Youth Support Coordinators within schools can include individual casework, group work and community projects.
Young people who are having personal or family difficulties can gain access to counselling services via the Centrelink Social Worker Network.
Centrelink's services also include a network of Indigenous Specialist Officers and Remote Visiting Teams for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who live in metropolitan, rural and remote communities.
Information about these services is available on Centrelink's website or from local Centrelink Customer Service Centres.
Community services that also offer counselling include:
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This page was last reviewed on 16 Jul 2012