We saw some excellent results from some of the girls and a few, with some improvement needed, will continue case work with me. Overall, the program was enjoyed by all and will be offered again next year to the Cessnock LGA high schools for their most disengaged students or any who may require support.
Why a Girls Resilience Program?
A need for an early intervention program for young girls with high levels of truancy and non-compliant and disruptive behaviours was identified.
The aim of the program was to reduce truancy levels, promote and develop positive behaviours and attitudes whilst reducing non compliant and disruptive behaviours in the participants. The program also strives to foster a better relationship between participants and police.
What did the program look like?
The program ran over two school terms and incorporated sessions with the Cessnock PCYC’s gymnastics instructor that aimed to help the girls build self-confidence, learn new skills, gain a sense of accomplishment and overcome fears. Talks with the Cessnock PCYC’s Police Youth Case Manager helped the young people understand the legal ramifications of their actions and aimed to steer them toward positive choices. There was also a variety of health, well-being, relationship and life skills workshops presented by CatholicCare’s Youth and Family Support Worker.
Senior Caseworker, CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning