Kingston House is a residential option for adolescents. The goal of the unit is to provide long-term supportive accommodation for young people from South East Asian backgrounds from ages 12 to 18. These emotionally disturbed adolescents have undergone such experiences as torture, false documentation, language and educational deficiencies, health problems, separation, grief and depression.
The unit is able to accommodate six young people at a time and is staffed 24 hours a day. Co-ordinators who have a good understanding of South East Asian cultures work towards keeping clients within the community and guiding them towards appropriate behaviour. They offer counselling, assistance to develop living skills, help to contact family members, arrange schooling or training and provide holiday and out of school programs.
Kingston House has been successful in engaging hard-to reach adolescents, many of who have experienced multiple placements and breakdowns with other agencies.
South East Sydney
South East Sydney Adolescent Services provides community placements for young people aged 12-18 years. Crisis Care, planned respite care and medium to long-term care are provided in the homes of specially recruited and trained community carers. Supported, independent living is also provided for young people within their local community.
Barnardos’ experience in working with disturbed and homeless adolescents indicates that individualised care plans are crucial to minimising disruptive behaviours and to promoting continuity of care. For this reason, young people are no longer placed together in groups such as residential settings but seek community carers and other creative alternatives for young people.
The residential unit Hohnen House is available to young people in care with the Adolescent Service Program as a back-up resource and respite facility to community placements.