A Story with Impact

The documentary film Backtrack Boys aims to stimulate advocacy and action to enable communities to take on a whole-of-community approach to working with young people at risk of social exclusion, particularly in rural and regional areas.

“I hope this film will foster a greater understanding of the issues these kids face and inspire communities to develop real alternatives that will help keep them out of jail”.

– Catherine Scott

Backtrack Boys film, has received hundreds of screening requests from disadvantaged communities and frontline organisations.

As part of our impact campaign we are providing tools and guides to enable organisations and individuals to host screenings of the film and invite local decision makers (government, legal profession, social services, police, teachers, youth workers) so they can discuss a common approach to dealing with issues affecting young people.

“Everyone who wants to make a contribution to thinking about and working with troubled young people in our town should make the effort to see the film Backtrack Boys.” #AliceSpringsNews https://buff.ly/2UzkYqi


Backtrack Boys follows the story of the boys and their dogs. BackTrack Youth Works Paws Up program centres around animal behavioural therapy which promotes self-moderating behaviours, leadership and self-confidence.

“My favourite dog is Robin. I saw her and fell in love with her straight away.”

– Zac

“This is a game of inches.
We stick by the kids every inch of the way. We do whatever it takes, we’re in it for the long haul”

– Bernie Shakeshaft Founder and CEO


In the last ten years over 1000 kids have walked through the BackTrack Youth Work’s doors and in that same time the local crime rate has dropped by more than 50%. The BackTrack model helps kids find a way back. It’s an alternative to detention and succeeds where others have failed.

Following the release of the film, BackTrack are continuing to develop a strategy to sustainably support communities who are seeking to start up their own BackTrack style programs in rural and regional Australia. BackTrack have kicked off support work with the communities of Broken Hill, Moree and Grafton and are continuing to provide support to their long-term friends Dubbo, Lake Cargelligo, Condobolin and Bourke.