Hope Street, one of the edition sponsors, has contributed a number of articles to this edition which examines trauma as a cause of youth homelessness, its impact on young people experiencing homelessness and how understanding trauma can assist those helping young people out of homelessness.
Leonie Scott, Acting Assistant Director of Programs and Performance Mental Health, Health and Wellbeing Division, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services formally launched the Parity edition, and Hope Street CEO, Donna Bennett, spoke at the event.
The launch also featured a panel of young people, moderated by Silvana Izzo from Melbourne City Mission, who talked about their experiences of the service system, and shared their insights into what they believe is needed to improve the responses for young people who have experienced trauma and homelessness, such as:
- more client-centred support
- establishing rapport with young people prior to discussing their traumatic experiences
- ensuring that schools and community groups are provided with better information on what homelessness supports are available
Other speakers included:
- Michelle Noon from the Blue Knot Foundation on the role and value of trauma informed care
- Dr Mark Furlong, thinker in residence at the Bouverie Street Centre with a presentation on the different meanings and uses of the concept of trauma
- Melbourne City Mission CEO, Vicki Sutton
- Council to Homeless Persons CEO, Jenny Smith