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Marist Youth Care

13/10/2014: Australia

Marist Youth Care (MYC) has been working with families and young people who are in community detention since 2010. Earlier this year MYC was successful in winning the Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors Contract (UHM) contracted to 2015 and Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) Contract until the 30th June 2018. 

UHM provides assistance to eligible Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors who have been granted a visa and referred by the Department. The program supports 28 young people, looking after their welfare and well-being, their successful settlement in the Australian community, and effective transition to adulthood. 

All the young people will be under 18 and will be settled in the Greater Sydney region.

SRSS provides services using an integrated service delivery model to 

• Unaccompanied Minors in Alternative Places of Detention;

• Unaccompanied Minors, adults and family groups who are legally detained under the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) but who reside in the community under Residence Determination arrangements;

• Adults and family groups who reside in the community on Bridging Visas and other Temporary Visas; and

• Other vulnerable people in the community in the process of resolving their immigration status.

The greatest challenge in this program is keeping the young people in education after they turn 18. Education is our major priority for these young people as we know this will be the key for their future.

This is very exciting work for MYC as it has given us the capacity to employ staff who speak the language of the young people. MYC has the privilege to work with traumatised young people and their families to ensure they have support on their journey into Australian society.


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