Ann Marie Matthews
Co-Founder & CEO
Co-Founder & Operations Manager
In February 2006 Co-Founders Ann Marie Matthews and Richard Matthews established YCSS. During this time YCSS was offering practical support and emergency motel accommodation for young people. It was evident that this model of care was not ideal or positive for children and young people and could only be short term.
Shortly after commencing, YCSS began leasing houses for emergency accommodation from the private market. Referrals from the Department of Child Safety, highlighted support for the use of YCSS residentials and also supported the high quality service provided to children and young people in a home environment in the medium term.
During the past 11 years YCSS has continued to develop its model of Residential Care and Trauma Informed Framework and has expanded its services in Queensland and are currently supporting the South West Region and North Coast Region. YCSS has grown to be a vibrant organisation that employs up to 60 employees.
As a result of the recent Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry report ‘Taking Responsibility: A Roadmap for Queensland Child Protection (2013)’, YCSS has expanded its services to include prevention and early intervention support and services for families at risk of entering the statutory system.
The report noted that Queensland lacks an overarching framework for secondary child protection services. Consequently, it was timely to implement an intervention that works toward family preservation and restoration for vulnerable families, children and young people. This marked the beginning of our KKAT (Keeping Kids at Home) program.
YCSS are passionate about the services we deliver and are deeply proud of the positive outcomes we have achieved for children, young people and families. We are committed to delivering a quality service well into the future.