Analysis of the 2022 Burdekin Client Feedback Survey provides an insight of how supported, safe and happy young people feel through our services.
The findings tell us about the level of support young people receive from their Case Manager, Youth and/or Support Worker. The feedback includes safety and privacy issues at home and in the community, ability to participate in decision making, overall happiness and suggestions about how to improve support provided.
Results were examined across the entire Burdekin cohort of young people as well as sorted by gender, by location and by cultural identity.
54 young people responded
The youngest was 13, oldest 28 and average age was 18.
I feel supported and listened to by my Case Manager.
I am happy with the amount of time I have to see my Case Manager face-to-face.
What could your Case Manager do to support you further?
I feel supported and listened to by my Youth/Support Workers.
What could your Youth/ Support Workers do to support you further?
I feel supported
2021 - 2022 results
In 2022 87% of young people reported that they either always or mostly felt supported and listened to by their Case Manager compared with 77% the previous year.
In 2022 83% of young people reported that they either always or mostly felt supported and listened to by their Youth/Support Worker compared with 65% in 2021.
There has been a positive improvement in the amount of face-to-face contact between clients and their case manager. From 2021 to 2022, there was a 15% increase in clients reporting they receive ‘enough’ contact.
Almost all Burdekin clients reported knowing how to how to do laundry (98%), cooking (84%) and cleaning (88%).
I do know how to...
I know how to do my own laundry.
I know how to cook for myself.
I know how to keep my space clean.
I know how to budget and manage money.
I know how to access healthcare services if I need it.
I know how to contact community support organisations.
I have good physical health.
28% strongly agree
Roughly a quarter (28%) of young people strongly agreed that they had good physical health, and 45% agreed. A quarter were unsure.
I have good mental health.
14% strongly agree
14% of Burdekin clients strongly agreed and 44% agreed they had good mental health. 22% said neither, 14% disagreed and 7% strongly disagreed.
I feel like I can cope with difficult challenges
30% strongly agree
30% of Burdekin clients strongly agreed and 43% agreed they feel resilient i.e., I feel like I can cope with difficult challenges.
Overall, young people appear to be happy with the support they receive from Burdekin.
On a scale of 1 (not happy at all) to 10 (extremely happy), the most common response was ‘10’ from 1/3 of Burdekin clients. Results ranged from 1 -10.
What we are doing is working!
With your help, we will continue to grow together with the community
to prevent family breakdown, homelessness as well as building resilience within the community.
Final thoughts and
At the conclusion of the survey, clients were given the opportunity to provide any final comments or make suggestions regarding anything Burdekin can do to provide extra support.
Many young people suggested wanting the ability to do things independently, and for greater participation in decisions about their support and care. That is, support should be tailored around the needs and capabilities of each individual client. For example:
"Give kids a chance to be able to choose where they live."
"Acknowledging that we all do not have to have the same rules, depending on responsibility and the situation."
"Let me do things alone, let me get public transport alone”.
"There isn't really anything else that Burdekin could do to support me further, you guys are really nice and the best. I really appreciate everyone from Burdekin."