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Women's and Youth

Table 2. Women’s Services and Youth Services - client and centre distribution

Client and centre distribution

Women’s homelessness services work predominantly with women and children escaping family violence. The Salvation Army provides 39 women’s homelessness programs, which account for one quarter (25%) of all Salvation Army homelessness centres nationally. Approximately 4,826 clients (22% of all clients) accessed women’s homelessness services during the period 1 July 2012 to 31 December 2012 (Table 2). Funding for these services also accounted for 22% of all funding nationally, totalling $19.5 million for 12 months (Table 5).

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Sex distribution - Women’s services

Sex distribution Women's services

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Sex distribution - Youth services

Sex distribution Youth services

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Age Distribution - Women’s Services

Age distribution Women's Services

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Age Distribution - Youth Services

Age distribution Youth Services

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Proportion of clients who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander - Youth Services

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Youth Services

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Proportion of clients who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander - Women’s Services

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander - Women's Services

Youth homelessness is also a significant issue affecting the Australian community. The Salvation Army provides 40 youth homelessness services, accounting for 26% of all homelessness programs provided by The Salvation Army across Australia. Seven per cent of all clients supported by The Salvation Army during the reporting period accessed youth homelessness services (Table 2). Twenty-six per cent of all homelessness funding, totalling $22million for 12 months, was directed to youth homelessness services (Table 5). The relatively high funding for youth services compared to the volume of clients supported reflects the intense nature of working with vulnerable youth.

Table 3. Accompanying children

 

Accompanying children

Salvation Army SHS services provided 3,313 support periods to over 2,782 children from July to December 2012 (Table 3). As seen in Figure 8 and Figure 10, 30% of clients accessing women’s homelessness services and 12% of clients accessing youth services were aged under 15. This indicates that a significant proportion of clients accessing women’s and youth homelessness services are accompanying children.The prevalence of children at women’s homelessness services is significant with support periods provided to children by The Salvation Army accounting for 36% of all support periods provided to children. A further 14% of support periods provided to children were through youth homelessness services. The remaining 50% of support periods for children were provided through general homelessness services, indicating that a substantial number of children accompany parents in the general homelessness services.

[16] Male clients accessing women’s services generally represent male accompanying children (although some women’s services provide services for male clients).
[17] Clients over the age of 25 accessing youth services are likely to be parents of supported youth who may have been engaged in family reconciliation services.