About the Service
Breathing Space supports young women by providing individualised, intensive and culturally-responsive specialist interventions.
Breathing Space practices on the foundation of trauma responsive practice, and is underpinned by a Therapeutic Framework designed and implemented by Dr Jackie Amos. The service has partnered with CatholicCare NT to implement the Aboriginal Family Coping Toolkit. The Toolkit provides a strengths based, narrative approach to addressing trauma, through the sharing of individual and family stories.
Breathing Space is an early intervention response to families most in need through the Child and Family Service System (CFSS) reform.
Who do we support?
Breathing Space supports young women:
- Aged under 25 who have experienced removal of a child or children from their care
- Are at risk of repeat removals of children from their care
- Have no children in their care and are not pregnant at the time of engaging with the service
- Are willing to receive sexual health education and women’s health supports
Priority is given to young women who have experienced an out-of-home care placement themselves.
How do we support young women?
Young women will receive intensive and individualised support from the Breathing Space multidisciplinary team:
- Case Manager
- Aboriginal Case Manager
- Women’s Health Nurse
- Financial Counsellor
- Senior Practitioner
The Breathing Space is underpinned by the Aboriginal co-design criteria and strengths-based approach that promotes the voices of Aboriginal people, self-determination and values the importance of culture as a strength.
The service will partner with young women to hear their lived experience and create an environment that allows them to heal from grief and loss, and address the impact of intergenerational trauma.
Interventions are provided for up to 18 months and include:
Immediate crisis/safety response:
- Group work
What do we want to achieve?
The service aims to support young women to create ‘space’ for themselves to focus on their own life needs and strengthen their:
- Emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing
- Understanding of sexual health
- Family and community connections
- Identity, including their parental identity
- Agency and self-determination
Where does the service operate?
Breathing Space supports young women living in the Local Government Areas of Adelaide, Marion, Onkaparinga and part of Port Adelaide Enfield.
Breathing Space accepts referrals from:
- Birthing hospitals
- Child and Family Assessment and Referral Networks (CFARN) Local Partnership Groups (LPGs)
- High risk infant workers at the Department for Child Protection
- Other approved services
The service is voluntary and works with the young woman’s consent.
A Pilot funded by Department of Human Services as part of the CFSS redesign.Back to service list