Geraldton to receive two new residential care homes for at-risk youth

Phoebe PinGeraldton Guardian
Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk has announced funding to give youth a safe place to stay.
Camera IconChild Protection Minister Simone McGurk has announced funding to give youth a safe place to stay. Credit: Ian Munro/The West Australian

New residential care homes will be built in Geraldton to provide a safe place for some of the Mid West’s most vulnerable children.

The State Government has committed $5 million to deliver five new group homes for at-risk youth in the Kimberley and the Mid West, including two in Geraldton.

Children with no other family or foster care options will have access to the homes.

An additional $33.98m will be spent on improving operations at residential homes in WA over the next four years, including providing improved comprehensive training for residential care staff before they start work.

Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk said taking children into care was always a “last resort”, but the funding would ensure youth needing a place to stay would be safe.

“The new regional residential care homes in the Mid West and Kimberley will reduce over-crowding, helping to provide a safer workplace and better care for vulnerable children,” she said.

“Almost $34 million has been allocated for the ongoing management of these homes and the associated learning and development required for workers.”

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