Bravehearts’ Turning Corners Program consists of a multi-disciplinary team consisting of psychologists, social workers, counsellors, and case managers who specialise in working with young people who have or are at risk of engaging in harmful sexual behaviours, and their families. The program uses evidence-based assessments and interventions to help reduce risk of young people engaging in harmful sexual behaviours and improve their general wellbeing.
Turning Corners incorporates five essential components of treatment:
- community safety
- addressing harm caused
- preventing further harm
- promoting well-being, and
Turning Corners specialist counselling is tailored to meet the needs of the individual and, where possible, the family/carers. This may include:
- Individual counselling
- Family counselling
- Eco-systemic interventions (involving other support systems i.e schools, youth justice, etc.)
- Group work (optional)
- Environmental risk assessments
- Assessments for external agencies (including court reports and assessments)
Child and Family Advocacy
Turning Corners Child and Family Advocates provide assistance to Turning Corners clients across both Community and Restorative Justice Programs to access services, support and advocacy services.
Child and Family Advocates:
- Provide assertive case management support to children, young people and their families who have been referred to the Turning Corners Programs
- Collaborate with government and non-government service providers to help clients and families navigate the service system and to create individualised wrap around supports
- Advocate on behalf of and alongside children, young people and families as required
- Oversee the implementation of individual care plans and facilitate the Multi-Disciplinary Team Case Review and Case Tracking processes
Turning Corners Community Program
Turning corners community provides a comprehensive and integrated response to working with young people (12 years to under 18 years of age) who have engaged in, or are at risk of engaging in, harmful sexual behaviour. The Turning Corners Community program is supported by Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland, which partners with charities and organisations in Queensland to ensure that the State’s most at-risk young people have the outcomes they need to thrive in an adult life.
Turning Corners Community Program was launched in 2016 to provide an early intervention program for young people who have or are at risk of engaging in harmful sexual behaviour. The initiative continues to support youth aged between 12-18 and up to 21 for individuals with an intellectual impairment, who have engaged, or are at risk of engaging, in harmful sexual behaviour.
Accessing Turning Corners Community Program
Turning Corners welcomes referrals from parents/carers, external support agencies (government and non government), GPs, Schools or self-referrals by a young person. Referral forms can be DOWNLOADED BELOW, or alternatively, we can fax or email one to you upon request by phoning 1800 272 831.
Referrals can be made over the phone by contacting our central Information and Support Line on 1800 272 831 (freecall). Our trained staff are available between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday to discuss eligibility and the referral process. Alternatively, you may email our Information and Support Team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Turning Corners Self Referral Form (including referrals from parent/carers)
Turning Corners Restorative Justice Program
Turning Corners newly launched service, namely Turning Corners Restorative Justice, supports young people aged between 10 and 17 years at the time of engaging in harmful sexual behaviour and their families. In addition to the young people engaging in HSB, our specialist clinicians and advocates will also be supporting the children and young people who have been harmed by this behaviour, and their families or significant others.
Accessing Turning Corners Restorative Justice Program
Please note referrals to Turning Corners Restorative Justice are received directly from Youth Justice QLD and will not be accepted from any other source.
If you have any inquiries about Turning Corners, please do not hesitate to contact us: freecall 1800 272 831.
Early intervention is key to making meaningful changes and growth in a young person’s life. Turning Corners allows Bravehearts to offer a holistic approach to preventing child sexual assault in our society. This includes providing education and therapeutic support to young people who have or are at risk of engaging in harmful sexual behaviour. We must address the whole cycle of assault if we are truly going to prevent child sexual assault from occurring in Australia– — Hetty Johnston AM, Founder of Bravehearts