Teens leave home for a ‘break’

A YOUTH worker said one of the reasons teenagers moved out of home was because there was a lot of arguing going on.

"Sometimes it's because they don't like the rules," she said.

The youth team leader said teenagers sometimes moved out of home to get a break from parents.

"After a few weeks they often have things sorted out and move back," she said.

She said a lot of times they would find they could move out and get some money from Centrelink.

"When they see they can get money a lot of them do it," she said.

The youth workers said if the girl was 16 there was nothing her mother or the police could do.

"They can just go to Centrelink and get the living away from home allowance, which is a bit over $200," she said.

"But usually Centrelink will phone the parents and ask if there is a reason why the teenager can't live at home."



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