The Youth at Risk Strategy was released on 5 June 2017. During the development of the strategy it became clear that the voices of many young people are not being heard, especially young people who live in remote locations or young people facing some challenges.
Youth at Risk are defined in the strategy as any young person aged between 10 and 17 experiencing or displaying indicators of vulnerability (risk factors) which if not addressed would expose the individual, family or community to significant harm (actual or potential). Action 26 in the strategy was created to improve youth participation, by developing a range of innovative consultative mechanisms and more inclusive practices to provide these young people with a voice. This resource has been developed to deliver on this action.
This resource will assist policy makers and service providers to engage with young people who are service users. It will also provide young people with more opportunities to have their ideas heard and understood by policy makers and service providers when designing or reviewing youth services.