Spending time in the Cubby House

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Our award-winning Cubby House at the Broadmeadows Children’s Court continues to assist many young
people who have been removed from their home because they are at risk. A safe and welcoming room within
the court, the Cubby House aims to reduce the effects of the trauma associated with attending court
by providing a calm and engaging space for young people.

Recently, a 16 year old girl was brought to court on an emergency care order and was in the general
waiting area for 10 minutes before absconding. Brought back to court the following day, this time she was
brought to the Cubby House on the second level.

Once there, the young woman engaged well with Charlie, our Cubby House youth worker, and stayed at
court for the whole day.

This meant she was able to talk to her lawyer, providing valuable – and critical – feedback on her current
living situation. She was also able to advise what her wishes were movingforward.

Without this input the decision would have been made by
the court on her behalf.

During her time in the room she commented that it was comfortable and that she enjoyed having someone to talk to.

We are now pursuing opportunities to create more Cubby Houses
in other children’s courts.

For more information, visit www.amf.org.au/whatwedo/cubbyhouse.

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