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Youth Sector Newsletter
22 March 2017
Young people in Western Sydney survey - "What makes you smile about where you live?"
Do you work with young people in Western Sydney? Let's amplify their voices to challenge negative stereotypes! You can help by encouraging them to take this 3-minute survey? All the answers will be published in a report and the themes will create an amazing local mural! There are great prizes to be won too (including a GoPro). Click here to do the survey. Click here for more information.
TEI Update - Changes at FaCS
The Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS) is the major funder of early intervention youth services in NSW. There have been a few big changes at FaCS which might impact TEI reforms. They are:
1) A change in Minister for Community Services, from the Honourable Brad Hazzard MP to the Hon. Pru Goward MP.
2) Maree Walk, Deputy Secretary, Programs and Service Design, who has been responsible for overseeing TEI reforms, has left FaCS.
3) An organisational restructure has brought two directorates of FaCS related to TEI together, headed by Deidre Mulkerin as Deputy Secretary, Strategic Commissioning.
Join the Youth Action team!
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Youth Action is looking for a Conference Coordinator to design and deliver our biennial What’s Up West? Youth Conference in Western Sydney in November 2017. For more info and to apply, click here.
IN THE NEWS
- Outrageous attack: pleas for welfare cuts to be sacked, 22 March 2017
- Omnibus bill, Triple J News Headlines, Triple J, 21 March 2017
- Calls for NT to wipe historical gay sex convictions, Alice Matthews, Triple J Hack, 22 February 2017
- How to get young people into the Australian Housing Market, The Feed, 22 February 2017
- Housing Unaffordability in NSW, Lucy McNally, ABC Radio, 16 February 2017
- 4 week wait for young people on Newstart, Jon Faine, ABC Radio Melbourne, 9 February 2017
- Visa cancellations and cuts to the dole for young people, MAG Radio WA, 9 February 2017
Youth Public Art Participation - Seeking interest from young people
Camden Council is looking for input from young people to create a public artwork. If you know a high school student living in the Camden local area who would like to contribute please submit their details to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information click here.
NCOSS Workshop - Maximise your influence
NCOSS is holding a free workshop on 29 March 2017 (8:45am - 12:24pm, NSW Parliament House). It is about parliamentary inquiries, from writing skills to appearing as a witness this workshop will help you take part and influence policy. To register for the event and for more details click here.
Youth Week is 31 March - 6 April 2017
The count down to National Youth Week 2017 is on! Are you running an event or want to get more involved? Check out www.youthweek.nsw.gov.au and be part of the fun! or email email@example.com if you want us to help promote your event. #YouthWeekNSW
Youth Action’s submission gets traction in Child Protection inquiry
Thanks to information provided by you, our members - Youth Action has secured two core recommendations in the NSW Inquiry into Child Protection. The committee has recommended that the NSW Government:
- inject funding into prevention and early intervention, and
- develop a framework to ensure young people are not overlooked in the child protection system
The information provided by Youth Action is used heavily throughout the committee report, with a section regarding vulnerable young people almost entirely based on Youth Action’s submission and verbal evidence.
Without the information provided by our members, we wouldn’t have had as great an impact. We are looking forward to working with Minister Goward to put the recommendations in place. To read our submission click here or to read the Committee report click here.
Youth Action on Residential Out-of-Home Care/the Criminal Justice System
Youth Action has been working with stakeholders to inform the development of a Joint Protocol to reduce the contact of young people in residential out-of-home care with the criminal justice system.
Young people with trauma at home are usually dealt with by family and carers but young people in residential care are handled by the police. This is a bad outcome for those young people, which the Protocol aims to address.
The protocol is a significant initiative kick started by Legal Aid. The Protocol was prepared by the NSW Ombudsman after extensive consultation, and has been officially endorsed by the NSW Police, Family and Community Services, ACWA and Absec.
The protocol has been rolled out statewide, click here to read a copy.
If you have any issues with the Protocol Youth Action will be overseeing its implementation. Any questions or concerns can be sent to Jacqui@youthaction.org.au