Berry Street provides accommodation and support for children and young people who cannot live safely at home with their families. All referrals are made through the Department of Health and Human Services.
Berry Street’s residential care programs offer a safe environment to promote personal growth, provide opportunities for “normal” life experiences and foster community connectedness.
Who we support
The young people in Berry Street’s residential care programs are generally aged between 13 and 17 years. The majority of these young people have been the subject of protective services intervention because they have experienced the trauma of child abuse, neglect and family violence. Often the young people have complex needs and their behaviours place them at risk of significant harm. These issues include: social and emotional difficulties; alcohol and other substance abuse; poor self-image; self-harming; criminal behaviours; mental and physical health issues; intellectual disability; and educational difficulties.
David was exposed to horrific family violence for all his young life. The damaging effects were profound. The only way David knew how to communicate his pain was through violence.