New Children’s Pathways is by no means a new venture as this organisation was originally formed in the UK over 15 years ago. The New Pathways team hopes to use that experience and knowledge to deliver improvement’s in service delivery for young people in Australia.
New children’s Pathways is a not for profit organisation and was established in Australia in 2016. The driving force behind the organisation is the founder Peter Spencer. Peter is a Social Worker from the UK who migrated to Australia in 2015. Peter brings with him a wealth of knowledge and a number of professional registrations including registrations in both the Legal and Education fields. Having worked in a number of statutory and third sector roles in Australia, Peter was frustrated by the lack of appropriate services for young people. Whilst working in some challenging environments, Peter identified that there were large numbers of young people living in very tough situations.
When working in the statutory sector, Peter worked in a number of roles, but felt that they were often restrictive in nature. Peter felt that he could not fully express himself as a social worker. In fact, Peter being a radical social worker, found this to be very frustrating and wanted to make a much bigger impact upon the lives of young Australians.
Peter was able to complete a service analysis in relation to what services were available to young people in various areas. Once the current services were identified, Peter learnt about how many young people they serviced and considered if there were any gaps in service provision. This led to the identification of large amounts of young people who were falling through some very big gaps in service provision. In some rural and remote areas, it was identified that there were actually no services at all. Peter set out to attempt to make some changes about how children’s services were delivered in Australia, in the hope of closing the gaps and achieving better outcomes for young people.
The New Children’s Pathways team consists of a number of registered professionals and very skilled volunteers. All the people involved with New Children’s Pathways are motivated by the smiles on the children’s faces.
New Children’s Pathways is not a crisis service nor do they have a focus on families. However at times we may also help out the wider family members if this is in the best interests of the children.
New Children’s Pathways Mission:
New Children’s Pathways is concerned with “Reversing the Adverse” caused by negative Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
ACEs and why do we care?
Traumatic childhood events such as abuse, neglect, and witnessing experiences like crime, parental conflict, mental illness and substance abuse. All result in long-term negative effects on learning, behaviour and health. Often referred to as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), these types of events create dangerous levels of stress that can derail healthy brain development, increase risk for smoking, alcoholism, substance misuse, depression, heart disease, and dozens of other illnesses and unhealthy behaviours throughout life.
ACEs have been linked to risky health behaviours, chronic health conditions, low life potential, engagement in statutory services, future substance misuse and early death.
As the number of ACEs increases, so does the risk for these outcomes. The wide-ranging health and social consequences of ACEs underscore the importance of preventing them before they happen. Assuring safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children. Providing the “Essentials for Childhood” can have a positive impact on a broad range of health problems and on the development of skills that will help children reach their full potential.
What do we do?
We currently identify children who are living in very challenging environments in the wider Brisbane, Ipswich, Locker Valley, Toowoomba, Logan and Gold Coast areas.
We have a relationship with statutory and third sector organisations who help us identify children, who may benefit from our services. We receive a huge amount of calls from individuals and families too.
We deliver social work services of a therapeutic nature to children. Where possibly we aim to deliver these services with a whole team around the child approach. We use a number of mediums including activities. Examples of some of the work we have completed are:
- Day Excursions
- Cinema Activities
- Community Events
- Camping Trips
- Beach Activities
- Bush Walking
- Mountain Biking
- Jet Skiing
- Theme Parks
- Educational Field Trips
What we would like to do
The New Pathways Team is committed to developing services for young people in Australia. These services should be able to enrich the lives of young people in Australia. The New Children’s Pathways Team is committed to exploring any opportunity that would contribute to better outcomes for young people.
We are therefore very keen to hear from any agency that believes they could work in partnership in order to develop services for young people in Australia.