StreetBeat Evaluation: Case Studies
The child that acts unlovable needs to be loved.
These case studies form part of the evaluation of the StreetBeat program. The case studies have been drawn from interviews with five young people, though most extensively with three of them –two young males aged 17 and 18, and a young female aged 16 – some of their family members, anddiscussions with four workers from the StreetBeat program.These young people's stories, experiences and outcomes are illustrative of the StreetBeat model andits value, successes and of course shortcomings and barriers as well. While there was a desire to avoid very complex cases such as where DoCS were heavily involved,and this is stated with the greatest respect to the young people involved, these young people havenonetheless had very complex and difficult lives.
The Big Picture
The first time StreetBeat came into contact with this young Aboriginal girl she was in a car park,doing fellatio on a sleezy guy in exchange for a cigarette. She doesn't even smoke. For her now knitting – a personal project set up by one of the workers – is one of the favourite things in her life:'If I hadn’t done knitting I would be out getting drunk. I stay home now and go out less. I sill drink but I stay out of trouble.' One of the StreetBeat workers says:
“These kids we love. I bought her a present for her 16
birthday because no one else did.”
The young boy, now eighteen year old, was known to many of the StreetBeat workers for most of his life. In their words he had the worst home life they have ever known. He was raised by his littlesister, his mother had serious alcohol and drug dependencies, he was most likely to have survivedchild sexual assault, was doing break and enters, smoking cones, always out, never home. This young person was notorious, and while DoCS, Police and Schools were involved there were noservices or supports in place. His self esteem was shot, he had no belief in himself and didn’t care if he lived or died. Perhaps this is why he seemed to have no fear at all of doing stupid stuff.This young man is in the story below, named under the pseudonym “Greg”:
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