Small Steps is a Hobart City Mission initiative designed to provide safe accommodation and support for young women up to the age of 25 with infants who are at risk of homelessness or of having their child removed into State care.
The program aims to create a nurturing and supportive environment where both mother and baby thrive, thereby increasing the likelihood of a baby remaining in its mother's care.
Teenage pregnancy is closely linked to less favourable health, economic and educational outcomes for both mother and baby. Teenage parenthood often means interrupted schooling, limited job prospects, dependency on government assistance and the increased likelihood of poverty. The result is that many young mothers are unable to meet the financial and emotional needs of their child.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (Births, Australia 2009), Tasmania has the second highest rate of teenage pregnancies and data provided by the Kids Come First Report in 2009 reflects the increased risk of poor health and development outcomes for babies that are born to teenage mothers. Sadly, babies are taken into State care because their young mother does not have suitable accomodation or the support required to ensure the safety of their child. Hobart City Mission recognises that this is of vital concern and has been working to address a solution for the community of Southern Tasmania..
The Hobart City Mission's Small Steps Initiative is designed to be a collaboration between Hobart City Mission, with its expertise and experience in the provision of welfare support, and the people of Hobart to provide a solution to this area of community concern.The Small Steps program aims to provide safe, secure accommodation for women up to the age of 25 and their infants. With around the clock support and a nurturing environment, the program is designed to give young women the opportunity to continue their education, to develop good parenting skills and to transition to community life with improved levels of self-confidence and employability.
You can find out more about this program by visiting Hobart City Mission's Small Steps website.
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