Child protection Australia 2016-17 report

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released Child protection Australia 2016-17. The report includes detailed statistical information on state and territory child protection and support services, and selected characteristics of children receiving these services.

During 2016–17, 168,352 (30.8 per 1,000) Australian children received child protection services (investigation, care and protection order and/or were in out-of-home care). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were 7 times as likely as non-Indigenous children to have received child protection services. This report also showed that children from geographically remote areas were more likely to be the subject of a substantiation, or be in out-of-home care than those from major cities.

To download the report, follow this link.

Lake Macquarie Youth Sector Share File System

The Lake Macquarie Youth Sector Share File System is a Dropbox account that holds key information for services working in the Lake Macquarie region, but can also be beneficial to those in surrounding regions. Designed and maintained by the Lake Macquarie YDO, the Share File System contains up to date information on:

  • Grant & Funding Opportunities
  • Resources for Youth Services
  • Service Programs
  • Service Referral Forms
  • Training & Professional Development Opportunities
  • Upcoming Programs & Events
  • Youth Interagency

as well as information on local Child & Family services and programs.

Services are encouraged to send through any information that may be relevant and beneficial to other services in the hope of fostering a more collaborative and cohesive sector in which we share our collective knowledge for the benefit of the young people that we work for.

To access the Share File click here.

Feel free to add this link to your desktop for ease of access. Updates are made weekly.


National Child & Youth Report Card: ARACY

On Sunday 25 February the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) released its 2018 Report Card: The wellbeing of young Australians which uses the latest information available to track how young Australians are faring in international comparisons against 75 indicators of health and wellbeing.

The ARACY 2018 Report Card uses the latest available data from a range of sources to describe and illustrate Australia’s performance across a number of health and wellbeing indicators.

Where possible the Report Card includes comparisons using similar indicators for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population alongside international OECD data.

The Report Card is based on The Nest an evidence-based policy framework outlining priorities for investment in six areas which must be properly met for a young person to have wellbeing:

  • Loved and Safe
  • Healthy
  • Material Basics
  • Learning
  • Participating
  • Positive Sense of Identity and Culture


It’s not about Bullying:

Bullying remains a complex and super important issue in schools, with 1 in 4 students reporting that they’ve been bullied on a regular basis. A comprehensive whole school approach, that recognises that all members of the school community play a role in preventing bullying, is the best way to prevent bullying behaviour and promote respectful relationships in your school.

But fixing bullying doesn’t start with bullying itself. There is growing evidence about the value of focusing on the social and emotional skills in the school climate to prevent and reduce bullying. This way, the focus is on promoting skills, behaviours and attitudes that protect against bullying like empathy rather than just focusing on the problem of bullying.


Click here to learn more and get a copy of the School Action Pack: Bullying

Resourcing Parents Website

For those working in the Child, Youth & Family space the Resourcing Parents Website is a great resource for learning about upcoming Parenting Programs and other useful information to support families. Go to



RYSA Awards

The Regional Youth Services Awards (RYSA’s) are an opportunity for the Hunter Region Youth Sector to come together and celebrate the successes of the year and show our appreciation for the hard work and dedication of all of those who contribute to the positive wellbeing of young people. Awards are provided in the categories of Youth Event of the Year (Hunter wide), Youth Friendly Business of the Year (Hunter Wide), Youth Sector Worker of the Year (LGA specific) and Young Person of the Year (LGA specific).

The 2017 Awards will be held at East’s Leisure and Golf Club in Tenambit and ticket price includes a selection of finger food dinner and live entertainment. (Drinks are available for purchase at the bar.) The evening will also see the auction of artwork created from the grant proceeds of the RYDON Aboriginal Arts Grant. This year we have created an environment where people can mingle and catch up.

Tickets are limited and very popular so please make sure you book early to avoid dissapointment.

PLEASE NOTE: The ticket price for young people who have been nominated for an award will be covered by RYDON. Please email Lakin ( if you fall into this category, so your ticket can be arranged free of charge.

To book your ticket, follow this link.