The Mobile Outreach Service Plus works with children, young people, families and remote communities by providing counselling, support and education where children and young people are at risk of, or have been traumatised by, abuse or neglect. This includes sexual, physical and emotional abuse and/or where children or young people exhibit problem sexual behaviours or sexually abusive behaviours.
MOS Plus works with Northern Territory remote communities to provide culturally appropriate counselling, support, community education and professional development.
Counselling and support is offered to children and young people (up to 18 years) and their families.
Community education and professional development sessions are designed to increase community awareness about the impact of, and how best to prevent and respond to, child trauma from abuse and neglect.
Community education sessions are delivered to community members.
Professional development sessions are provided to remote workers travelling to, or living in a remote community.
How does MOS Plus work?
- Through referral, counselling and supporting children and young people to recover from trauma so they can thrive.
- Counselling and supporting family, community and workers to:
- understand what happens when children and young people are traumatised;
- assist in trauma recovery; and
- help keep children safe.
- Through building relationships and working with community and service providersto prevent and address child trauma from abuse and neglect.
- Educating children and young people about keeping safe.
- Supporting remote communities to challenge the silence about child abuse and neglect.
How is MOS Plus counselling and support offered?
- MOS Plus staff regularly visit 30 remote communities and can support other communities depending on service demand.
- MOS Plus Aboriginal Therapeutic Resource Officers who are knowledgeable in culture and may have strong links with community, support and advise MOS Plus Counsellors.
- MOS Plus services are voluntary - permission is required to work with a child or young person.
- MOS Plus work is confidential.
- A family or child/young person can decline or disengage from counselling or support at any point.
How to contact MOS Plus or make a referral
Phone 1800 993 064 or click here for further information on the MOS Plus Referral Guidelines and/or to complete a referral form for counselling.
Counselling referrals can be made:
- through self-referral: a child, young person or family member can request the service; or
- on behalf of the child, young person or family member, after discussion with the person/family.
Phone 1800 993 064 to request community education or professional development services
The Northern Territory Mobile Outreach Service Plus is funded by the Australian Government for Health & Ageing through its Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.