Street kids on super highway

Street kids on super highway
Article from: The Daily Telegraph

By Stephen Fenech

April 11, 2008 12:00am

HOMELESS youths will be able to contact their families thanks to a $300,000 initiative by the Salvation Army and mobile phone maker Nokia that brings the latest technology to the streets.
The volunteer-manned StreetConnect bus is filled with laptop computers, wireless internet access and mobile phones and is powered by solar panels and its own generator.

Salvation Army Oasis Youth Support Network spokesman Andrew White said the bus was designed to cut through the digital divide which is isolating disadvantaged and homeless youth.

"Young kids can come on board and send and receive emails and look on the internet for accommodation and other support services," he said.

"Sending an email to mum or dad is a lot less confronting than picking up the phone. There have been some instances where sending an email has seen a family reconnection."

Mr White said many of the youths Oasis meets on the street had left their homes for their own safety.

"A lot of the kids that come to Oasis have got pretty horrendous backgrounds," he said.

"They might have drug or alcohol dependent mother and/or father or are the victims of physical or sexual abuse."

StreetConnect travels the streets of Sydney and the Central Coast seven nights a week and can reach up to 300 people per night.

Mr White said the bus made it possible for Oasis to travel to the points of need rather than sitting back and waiting for youth to come to them.

"We go to the usual congregation places where the young will hang out on the streets and the word spreads," he said.

"They know when StreetConnect comes around on a particular night and a particular area.

"We can address the immediate needs with food and clothing and a bed and the longer term needs which could be things like education, training, employment and of course counselling as well."

Mr White said the StreetConnect bus could also help Oasis to make contact with a youth at an early stage before more serious problems developed.

"It’s all about prevention and early intervention," he said.

"If we can encourage just one of these kids to come back to Oasis it’s a way of preventing them falling through the cracks."

Nokia Australia general manager Shaun Colligan said he was delighted to work with Oasis to help to support young people.

"For Nokia, it has always been a core value for us to contribute in a positive way to the community and the StreetConnect bus is a way for us to realise our vision of the importance of connecting people," he said.


Give a little, get a laugh – StANd uP 4 Street KiDs

Give a little, get a laugh – StANd uP 4 Street KiDs
November 21, 2007 10:30am

THE Laugh Resort Comedy Club and Comedy Lounge present the third annual StANd uP 4 Street KiDs.
Twelve of Perth’s premiere stand-up comedians will once again be assembled, on Saturday 8 December at the Hyde Park Hotel, to raise money for Perth Inner City Youth Service (PICYS) who look after hundreds of our state’s young homeless people every year.

This marks the third year of collaboration between The Laugh Resort (Australia’s only known incorporated association of comedians, based in Northbridge, WA) and West Leederville-based not-for-profit organization PICYS. Stand Up 4 Street Kids was initiated in 2005 by then Chairs of each organization, Don Smith and David Berry, to highlight the youth homelessness issue in Western Australia.

"Despite how young people are sometimes portrayed, there are good young people out there who simply need a helping hand," said Event Coordinator Dianah Star. PICYS provides that – mainly in the form of housing, but also offering assistance with literacy, budgeting, and other everyday skills.
"When I’m spruiking shows in Northbridge I see young people being ‘moved along’" said Star. "I often wonder where they end up at night… This gig is our (industry’s) contribution to making sure its somewhere safe."

Current PICYS Manager Charles Snelleksz-Mathelot says if there’s ever a worse time to be without a roof over your head, its the holiday season. "Everyone (at PICYS) really enjoys Stand up for Street Kids", he said. "The joint effort of Perth comedians, who put on a great show for us, gives our young people something to really look forward to."

Last year’s fundraiser paid for property maintenance, physical recreation activities, and a Christmas party for the young people PICYS assists.

This year’s show features a dozen stellar local acts donating their time and comedy talent, as well as interstate and overseas guests, including: SARGE (Nova 9s); Matt Dyktynski (UK); Werzel; WA Raw Comedy Winners Xavier Susai (2007), Josh Makinda (2003) and Xavier Michelides (2001); ’07 Raw finalists Zack Adams and John Robertson; James DeLeo (Sunday Arts, ABC TV); Jack Tandy; and Ben Wright.

What you give
$20 and a few hours of your time…

A great night out
Hours of entertainment
Massive laughs
A great feeling from knowing you’re helping young West Australians in need.

PLUS there’ll be spot prizes and raffles on the night, so you could be going home with a whole lot MORE!

StANd uP 4 Street KiDs

8:30pm Saturday 8 December
@ The Hyde Park Hotel Comedy Lounge
cnr Fitzgerald and Bulwer St North Perth

Street kid sex predator jailed

Street kid sex predator jailed

Posted Fri Jul 27, 2007 3:33pm AEST

An Adelaide man who allowed street kids to use his flat as a drop-in centre in exchange for sex has been jailed for eight years by the District Court.

David Andrew Robinson, 43, pleaded guilty to sex charges involving four girls between 13 and 16.

Robinson had filmed himself having sex with the girls.

The court heard he had provided them with food, alcohol, cannabis and shelter at his flat in Hindley Street in the city.

Judge David Smith told Robinson he had preyed on "vulnerable street children" in the "most reprehensible way".

Robinson will be eligible for parole after serving five years of his eight-year jail term.

Cafe worker filmed girls having sex

Cafe worker filmed girls having sex

Article from: AAP

By Todd Cardy

July 27, 2007 05:08pm

A CAFE worker who photographed and filmed teenage girls having sex with him in his city apartment cast an evil spell over his young victims, an Adelaide court was told today.

In the South Australian District Court, Judge David Smith today jailed David Andrew Robinson, 43, for eight years for using his home as a drop-in centre for girls who lived on the street.

The court was told Robinson befriended four girls, aged 13 to 16, whom he’d met while working at a cafe, and enticed them to his apartment where he plied them with alcohol and marijuana and gave them money.

Robinson then photographed and filmed the girls posing in sexual positions and having sex with him, sometimes with more than one girl at a time, the court was told.

The offences began in October 2004 and continued until March 2006, when Robinson’s apartment was raided by police on an unrelated offence.

More then 100 images of the girls deemed to be child pornography were found on his computer, including several videos, which were seized in the raid.

Robinson last year pleaded guilty to six counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, two of indecent assault and one of procuring a child to commit an indecent act.

He also pleaded guilty to four counts of producing, and two of possessing, child pornography.

Judge Smith said Robinson had preyed on vulnerable street children in the most reprehensible way.

"One of the girls lamented your arrest … saying she had loved hanging out at your place and was saddened at the loss of somewhere to escape, such was the evil spell you cast on these girls," Judge Smith said.

Robinson will be eligible for parole in May 2011.

300 street kids at risk of abuse

300 street kids at risk of abuse


February 15, 2007 01:22pm

Article from: The Advertiser

AT least 300 street children in Adelaide and "large numbers" in regional cities and country towns are vulnerable to sexual abuse, the head of the Commission of Inquiry into Children in State Care said today.

Former Supreme Court judge Ted Mullighan, QC, says there has been "a long history" in Adelaide of street children – many of them runaways from state care – being exploited for sexual favours.

He lists well-known haunts as Veale Gardens, the banks of the Torrens River and a public lavatory near Jolley’s Boathouse restaurant.

At a media conference to release a 71-page report on issues raised with him so far, Mr Mullighan said "a considerable body of evidence" had been put before him indicating "a widespread lack of adequate supervision of children in state care and foster care over many years".

He says those abused "felt powerless" to disclose their treatment.

Mr Mullighan has heard evidence that welfare, police, prosecutors, churches, sports and social organisations have in the past disbelieved children who reported child sexual abuse.

"There has been a culture that sexual abuse was not significant or important," he said.

Mr Mullighan believed "these attitudes still exist", although conceded probably to a much lesser extent.

His latest report into child sexual abuse highlights 40 key themes that have been repeatedly raised during submissions to the inquiry.

It includes sections on foster care, disclosure of child sexual abuse, the sexual abuse of Aboriginal children and children with disabilities, street children, prisoners, deaths of children in State care and Government response to past sexual abuse of children in State Care.

The report will be made available for public comment, with written submissions welcomed by Friday, March 30.

Mr Mullighan said he hoped that the report would raise further discussion about sexual abuse of children in State care, and help identify ways and methods of preventing it occurring in the future.

"Many issues have been identified during the course of the Commission, and we can now put them out to the public and seek their comment, which will all assist in the preparation of the final report and recommendations later this year," he said.

The report also reveals that 1849 people have contacted the Commission regarding sexual abuse of children so far. To date, Commissioner Mullighan has conducted 783 hearings, and is expected to continue taking evidence until the middle of 2007.

Mr Mullighan urged interested people and organisations to visit the Commission website on to download the report.

Anyone who is unable to access the website may request a copy from the Commission office at 33 Franklin St, Adelaide, or freecall 1800 258 668.