Assertive Outreach

assertive outreach

On a weekly basis, our social workers, student social workers and volunteers who have personal experience of issues such as homelessness, addictive behaviours, domestic violence, involvement with statutory services and mental health issues. Take to the streets to make contact with people who are in the local community. The aims of the outreach are to assess and monitor patterns and levels of people in the area who require strategic intervention and to promote and encourage the engagement of the most hard to reach people in society into formal and informal support services.

The destinations that are identified for outreach sessions are developed from intelligence form past and current service users, information from statutory and third sector community organisations. Assertive outreach can be used to address a number of issues and leads to identifiable outcomes.

The team do not immediately start to work with people until there has been an effective relationship established. New Adult Pathways values the “Therapeutic Alliance” as a core value. New Adult Pathways will not engage people with formal services prior to establishing this core relationship.

The majority of new contacts follow on to access support from a community Social Worker under the better access to mental health services.  Clients are then offered a truly holistic range of services combined with Focused Psychological Strategies (FPS) as directed by a referring G.P.  The FPS services are delivered and often bulk billed through Medicare, whilst the additional services identified are delivered on a pro bono basis or clients are referred to partnership agencies.

New Adult Pathways recognises that by providing FPS in combination with a holistic social work service. Evidence based practice supports this approach as a key factor in the delivery of improved outcomes for the people we have the pleasure of working with.

New Adult Pathways only engages in work that is based upon national and international evidence based research in our field.  We are proud to have a number of partnership agencies that assist us in delivering culturally appropriate models of practice which are modified versions of standard westernised modes of practice.