In August 2017, Marangunka introduced daily check-ins to support at risk children. Some of the kids might be skipping school, have been picked up by police or are experiencing family violence. These check-ins, which run on weekday mornings, give service providers and key organisations an opportunity to meet with local staff at the Maranguka Community Hub to discuss options to help at-risk children.
How the check-ins work
Each meeting works through three stages: The first stage involves the Marangunka team providing an update on action taken in the last day to support community members in need. For example, these actions could include connecting children to services or checking-in with the police as part of their bail conditions.
The second stage involves the police raising incidents which have occurred overnight. This stage is also an opportunity for other representatives to raise any new concerns they have, such as kids being suspended from school or displaying problematic behaviour. Finally, in the third stage, the group considers how best to respond to incidents and support the child’s individual needs.
Inspector Andrew Hurst explains this collaborative approach is valuable because
“we have more ability to connect services to people who need them, rather than arresting people who have underlying issues”
On Thursdays, the check-ins are opened to all local youth-related services including:
- school principals;
- Youth Justice NSW;
- Police Citizens Youth Club NSW; and
- Youth Off The Streets.
This ensures that everybody is well informed and collaborating together to keep the children safe.