Young Offenders: Crime, Prison and Struggles for Desistance How do some manage to leave the life of crime while others, of similar life-course circumstances, fall into further crime and incarceration? Young Offenders centres on the lived experiences of male offenders to explore the complex personal and situational factors that promote and derail the desistance process

Aboriginal animations: Supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children
imageKidsMatter, in partnership with Aboriginal consultants, have developed a series of animations that are designed to support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal children and provide viewers with an understanding of what social and emotional wellbeing means to Aboriginal people. Additionally, three guidance videos and a range of other guidance resources have been developed to help you determine the best way to use the animations


Good Practice when Working with Young People from Refugee and Migrant Backgrounds – 13 May 2015, Online

Australian Institute of Family Studies
Good Practice when Working with Young People from Refugee and Migrant Backgrounds
13 May 2015, 1.30pm-2.30pm

An Expensive Day: Short Film

This short film, produced by The Aboriginal Legal Service shows how easy it is to get into trouble with the police. Check it out here

Anxiety and depression in young people: what you need to know

This booklet, produced by beyondblue, provides an accessible, plain-English introduction to anxiety and depression. The resource is targeted at young people, and includes descriptions of what anxiety and depression, as well as sections on “What you might feel”, “What you might think”, “What you might do”, symptoms, causes and treatment and recovery options.

Welcome Stranger Resource Pack

This document seeks to outline the best practice guidelines for the creation and delivery of the Welcome Stranger project developed by The Loft Youth Arts and
Cultural Centre and its partners in Newcastle, NSW, Australia.  It outlines the elements that need to be considered in each phase of the projects development, as
well as the overarching elements that need to be considered throughout the project as a whole.

See the Resource pack here

Hunter Aboriginal Hip Hop Resource

It is with great pleasure that we advise the Hunter Aboriginal Hip Hop DVD resource is now available. This resource has been produced by Family Planning NSW in partnership with HNELHD Aboriginal Health Unit, Northlakes Youth project and students from Glendale High. The resource is a Hip Hop song with a sexual health message. This re-source is a great example of sexual and reproductive educational outcomes for young people as well as showcasing the talents of young people in the Hunter. You can view the clip at Family Plan-ning NSW Hunter centre has a small number of copies for anyone interested in using this resource with young people. This resource will make a great tool for starting reproductive and sexual health discussions with young people.

Contact Claire Swan


The low down on Alcohol – Headspace

More resources about alcohol and binge drinking


Teach Students Link between Thinking Patterns, Emotions & Behavior

Adding a mental health component to school-based health education programs could enhance health behaviors, reduce depression and improve grades. Researchers from The Ohio State University College of Nursing found that a program called COPE: (Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment) Healthy Lifestyles TEEN (Thinking, Emo-tions, Exercise, Nutrition) had a beneficial outcome for several health and behavioral factors. Click here for more information.


New Video to raise awareness about Domestic Violence – NSW Police


MoneySmart Rookie

MoneySmart Rookie aims to help 16 – 25 year olds make smart financial decisions and equip workers supporting young people with relevant and engaging resources. These resources include educational videos, interactive web-site resources, community education guides and teacher lesson plans. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission have recently released a package of materials on financial literacy for young people, entitled “MoneySmart Rookie”. Our new resource pages for “MoneySmart Rookie – financial literacy for young people”. We have a wide range of educator re-sources.


The Computer Game That Helps Therapists Chat to Adolescents With Mental Health Problems

Adolescents with mental health problems are particularly hard for therapists to engage. But a new computer game is providing a healthy conduit for effective communication between them.


Domestic Violence Posters for Young People

The Newcastle Domestic Violence Resource Centre has created posters to raise awareness about early warning signs of Domestic violence for young people. The poster is called “5 early warning signs of an unhealthy relationship”.  If your service is interested in displaying the poster, please contact Robyn James at the Newcastle Domestic Violence Resource centre: 4927 8529;  The Newcastle Domestic Violence Resource Centre has also flyers for young people: “Good Love or Bad Love? How can you tell…?”


Disability Advocacy NSW

Sonia Powazuk, Advocacy Coordinator at Disability Advocacy NSW, has been working on the toolkit for school issues. The handbook is called “A Parent’s Toolkit – School issues for students with disabilities”. You can download the booklet from the Disability Advocacy website. The handbook is a guide for parents and advocates who deal with school issues. It provides information on support funding, discipline, WH & S issues, bullying and discrimination


Mental Health e-learning tool for intellectual disability

For professional, carers and consumers. The goal is to improve knowledge, skills and confidence, leading to better mental health and wellbeing for people with an intellectual disability. to find out more visit their website here.


10 Ways to build school-community partnerships

Below is a video by the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems with 10 ways to build school-community partnerships.


New online mental health resources to give Peace of Mind to LGBTI people

ACON’s mental health literacy project Peace of Mind has now produced an online resource to help community members and service providers better understand mental health issues which can be experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. It has been produced in partnership with the National LGBTI Health Alliance.


Planned Support Guide

The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has produced a Planned Support Guide: an approach to case management for people working in a wide range of community services. If you are a front line worker, supervisor or manger this guide is for you. The guide assists in the development of a shared understanding of good case management practice across the community services sector. Increasing the use of proven case management practice ensures better outcomes for clients. Planned support is an approach to case management that emphasizes four key concepts: support, planning, collaboration and relationships. The steps outlined in the guide include engagement and intake; assessment; planning; implementation; monitoring and review; exit planning; closure and evaluation.



SenseAbility is a strengths-based resilience program from beyondblue, designed for those working with young Australians aged 12-18 years. It consists of a suite of modules developed to enhance and maintain emotional and psychological resilience. It was created with classroom delivery in mind, but the modules can easily be adapted to benefit young people in other structured environments such as TAFEs and youth organisations. The program is based on cognitive behavioural principles, the evidence-based approach which says that our thoughts play a critical role in influencing feelings and consequent behaviour. Young people who possess sound social and emotional skills are generally better able to cope with the stressors of daily life. They also tend to have better relationships with parents, teachers and peers, and perform better academically. Very importantly, having these skills makes it less likely that a young person will experience significant mental health problems in the future.


Online safety resource

Cybersmart website is an education tool for parents about online safety.


Parent-skills training in intensive home-based family support programs

This resource sheet from Child Family Community Australia provides a concise guide for supporting parents to engage in safe and positive practices. The paper suggests parent-skills training as one part of an overall case plan to enable families to overcome challenges. The authors note, “Teaching parents in at-risk families practical parenting skills to enhance safety, stability and security is an important and challenging task for workers in intensive homebased family support programs. Evidence-based programs that emphasise parent education and skills training based on behavioural and social learning principles have been shown to be effective”.

Youth Action

Youth Action & Policy Association NSW (previously YAPA) is the peak organisation representing young people and youth services in NSW.



YFoundations (previously YAA) is a peak body that seeks to end youth homelessness and aims to represent the needs of young people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness.


The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC)

AYAC work to represent and support young people and the youth support sector through:


Negotiating ethical challenges in youth research

Negotiating Ethical Challenges in Youth Research brings together contributors from across the world to explore real-life ethical dilemmas faced by researchers working with young people in a range of social science disciplines.

Each chapter identifies an ethical issue that the author has personally experienced in his or her youth research, explains why this was a challenge, outlines how the researcher responded to the challenge, and provides advice and draws out broader implications for youth researchers.

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