BUILDING THE SCAFFOLDING: STRENGTHENING SUPPORT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN VICTORIA - VCOSS & YACVIC
While most young Victorians do well, many face challenges as they move from childhood to adulthood, including homelessness, mental health issues, family violence, abuse and neglect, drug and alcohol issues and involvement in the criminal justice system.
Providing support for young people can be likened to ‘scaffolding’ — support that is available to young people as they develop their own capacities.
This report looks at the role that community sector and government organisations play in reinforcing this scaffolding and considers how supports can be further strengthened to promote better outcomes for all young Victorians.
THE WELLBEING OF YOUNG AUSTRALIANS - AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH ALLIANCE FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH (ARACY)
This report card is shaped around the voices of children and youth, engaged through a national consultation of over 3700 people to hear their hopes, needs and desires. This consultation, along with the views of those working in the child and youth sectors, established a framework for measuring wellbeing among children and youth, known as Key Result Areas (KRAs).
This report card provides a set of baseline indicators for each KRA – indicators that are strongly guided by the realities of ‘what wellbeing looks like’ for children and youth. The indicators provide a point-in-time snapshot of child and youth wellbeing in Australia, including how Aboriginal (Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander) young people are faring.
MISSION AUSTRALIA YOUTH SURVEY 2012 - MISSION AUSTRALIA
In 2012, Mission Australia conducted its 11th annual survey of young people. As with past years, the survey aimed to identify both the values and issues of concern to young people.
15,351 young Australians aged 15-19 years participated in the survey. Topics covered included participation in education and employment, participation in community activities, subjective health and wellbeing, values and concerns, sources of information, advice and support, as well as feelings about the future.
THE CASE FOR MENTAL HEALTH REFORM IN AUSTRALIA: A REVIEW OF EXPENDITURE AND SYSTEM DESIGN - MEDIBANK & NOUS GROUP
Mental illness is a significant and growing challenge for Australia.
This report calculates total direct expenditure, both health and non-health, on supporting people with mental illness in Australia and examines the limited available knowledge of system-wide outcomes that this funding supports.
It notes that, despite the significant policy attention and substantial additional funding to mental health over the past two decades, the mental health and social services systems remain fragmented.
ENGAGING TO LEARN
REACH SUBMISSION TO THE REVIEW OF THE AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM
The Federal Government has commissioned a review of the Australian School Curriculum to improve student outcomes. As an expert in positive youth development, The Reach Foundation is pleased to respond to the invitation and provide a submission to the review.
The terms of reference of the review focus on the curriculum for English, mathematics, science, history and geography. However, to successfully improve student outcomes, the school curriculum also requires an investment in students’ social and emotional wellbeing capabilities.
The rationale for this investment is threefold:
- Students do better academically when combined with wellbeing - empirical evidence demonstrates that wellbeing is essential to successful student engagement and positive learning outcomes;
- One size curriculum approach will not fit all - the mixed demography and pathology of the general student cohort means that one size will not fit all. Targeted and specialist interventions and strategies are necessary to address social, health and economic issues;
- Programs exist that deliver the required results - Reach’s 20 years’ experience of working with over 500,000 young Australians has taught us how to increase student engagement with learning and school through improving their social and emotional wellbeing. This experience is shared and validated by many other programs. For example, a US meta-analysis of school based wellbeing interventions which spanned 270,000 students over several decades, concluded that even a short program “enhanced students’ behavioural adjustment … and improved academic performance on achievement tests and grades” for a minimum of 6 months after the program (Durlack et al, Child Development, 2011 vol 82).
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