John* was referred to the Youth Crime Prevention program by his principal, showing signs of violence and aggression towards other students and teachers in the school. Police would be called to the School as a result of his violence.
He had been suspended twice, before for assaulting other students and was on his last chance before he would be expelled from school.
Trevor and the team at SWYS started to assess the areas of John’s life that needed help, to assist him to improve in the areas needed. They set achievable goals together and worked consistently to achieving them. One of those goals was for John to attend counselling once a week with Youth Counsellor Matthew Broadbridge at South West Youth Services, to help him deal with some of the anger management issues that he found hard to manage.
As he opens up more and more, John looks forward to his weekly counselling sessions. He lives with his parents and three sisters at home, both parents are aware of his behaviour and are willing to assist in any way they can to help their son from reoffending.
During John’s two and a half months in the program, there have been a lot of positive changes in his life which have been shown in his school attendance, weekly counselling sessions, participation in after school activities and most importantly, in his behaviour towards other students and staff.
A highlight for John was on the 15th November when he attended his Year 10 formal. While other Year 10 students arrived in fancy cars such as hot rods, limousines and party buses, John was escorted by local police Youth Liaison Officer, Snr Constable Azzopardi, in his police vehicle. John wanted to outdo everyone else’s entrance on the night, to be original.
This was the first time John was escorted by police, for a good reason. John has a good rapport with Constable Azzopardi which has been developed through the community outreach programs that students attend regularly.
Constable Azzopardi has been great in assisting South West Youth Services with young people like John who are involved in the Youth Crime Prevention Program.
*Name changed to protect the identity of the young person