The ACT Government took a big step towards ensuring a safe and bright future for our youth by committing to the ongoing funding to deliver a coordinated service response for children and young people aged 8 to 15 years old who are experiencing family conflict and who may be at risk of homelessness.

The ongoing funding will expand on the current Safe and Connected Youth Program (SACY) to include a residential therapeutic respite element based on the Ruby’s Reunification Program that operates in South Australia.

Conflict Resolution Service (CRS) has been piloting the SACY Program for over two years, demonstrating the need for a service that rebuilds relationships with families to improve family functioning and enable children and young people to return home or remain safely at home where possible.

CRS will work in partnership with Marymead who will manage the Ruby’s site to provide respite accommodation which will be a first for ACT.

Melissa Haley, CEO of Conflict Resolution Service said, “Family conflict is one of the largest contributing factors to youth homelessness. The ACT Government’s commitment to invest in not only a service that will provide much-needed therapeutic support but also provide a fit-for-purpose residential house to provide respite to children, young people, and their families is most welcome. Being the first of its kind for Canberra, we are pleased with the commitment shown by local businesses, who are already on board to support the ongoing development of the program, which proves the importance of such a program in Canberra.”


CRS and Marymead have been working together for several years throughout the pilot phase. Our shared values, expertise, and knowledge of the Canberra Community is a natural fit to manage the SACY program. Said CEO of CRS, Melissa Haley.

Anyone who wants to access the program for themselves or someone they know experiencing conflict, can call CRS on (02) 6189 0590 or fill out the referral form using this link:

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