The Ryde Project aims to ensure that children and young people are living in safe and supportive environments, positively engaged with education, training or employment, and connected to family and wider support networks.
The Ryde Project is based on a system or model that identifies early those young people at risk of homelessness and school disengagement and provides coordinated support to these identified young people and their families where needed to prevent them becoming homeless and / or disengaged from school. The Ryde Project has a research and evaluation component designed to track the support that young people receive over time and the impact that support has on their disengagement / early school leaving and entry into the specialist homelessness system.
The Ryde Project consists of a formal partnership between a collective of agencies who partner with schools in a range of capacities. These partners will make every effort to support young people to stay at home (when it is safe) or within a safe home environment and to stay engaged with education.
The schools involved in The Ryde Project, 2015/2016 are Ryde Secondary School, Marsden High School and Riverside Girls. It is intended that, upon review and evaluation, The Ryde Project will be continued in these schools (with the Student Needs Survey implemented annually) and be extended to additional schools in the Ryde and neighbouring LGA’s.