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The Hub

The Hub was established to respond to the needs of children and young people found wandering the city streets late at night without adult supervision and protection, placing themselves and others at risk.

The Hub coordinates policing and street services to ensure these children are young people are located and safely transported home. The Hub operates every Friday and Saturday evening from 11pm until 6am the next day.

In 2013, the Attorney General's Department (AGD) provided additional funding to establish an Intake and Response Service (IRS) to run alongside the Hub on Friday and Saturday nights to provide a central intake point and referral pathway for vulnerable children and youth to other youth services and programs that operate within South Australia. The IRS functions as a gateway in which the South Australian Police (SAPOL), Aboriginal services, street services and volunteer groups and the public can refer children and young people for comprehensive assessment while they wait for transport home.

Younger children and those engaged in offending and health risk behaviours are prioritised.MYSA undertakes a comprehensive assessment of each child and young person referred to the service. Based on this assessment, MYSA coordinates case management support from other agencies during the week to address areas of unmet need. MYSA follows up all referrals to ensure the needs of children and young people are being met and if necessary, coordinate alternative support.

This project represents a collaboration between MYSA, SAPOL, DCSI and the University of South Australia.

The Hub is just one example of MYSA's work with the state's most vulnerable children and youth.

The Hub also involves research with the University of South Australia to inform an evidence-based approach to ongoing policy development and service delivery for at risk children and youth.
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