Youth services

Youth work


Improving employment outcomes for young people with disability

Pathways to Employment (P2E) was a small, proof-of-concept trial to test the efficacy of mainstream employment pathway support for young people in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Despite implementation constraints associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, this evaluation shows that the P2E trial generated encouraging...

Young adults' experiences with Australian public services: final report

This report presents the findings of a large-scale, mixed-methods study of youth transitions in Australia, with a particular focus on young people's experiences with public services.
Working paper

A critical review of rangatahi Māori and housing policy

This paper constitutes a review of rangatahi Māori and housing policy in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa New Zealand. It is part of a broader research project, 'Urban Intergenerational Kāinga Innovations', primarily focused on Tāmaki Makaurau.
Journal article

The significance of the father-daughter relationship to understanding and treating bulimia nervosa: a hermeneutic phenomenological study

Bulimia nervosa (BN) is a highly researched eating disorder, yet real world recovery rates remain poor and incidence continues to rise. This study provides a focused exploration of the father-daughter relationship where BN emerges, in order to explore this relationship’s significance to the aetiology of...
Briefing paper

Inclusive policy-working with minority ethnic young people for Decent Work

Young people are one of the most significant assets in policy-making. They contribute insight from the perspective of those affected by a policy or policy change, and as our future community and business leaders. This briefing outlines how the creative, participatory method of appreciative inquiry...

What should be changed to support young people?

This report explores the themes of the Youth19 open-text survey responses for young people who have ever been involved with Oranga Tamariki or Child Youth and Family Services in New Zealand.

Young people who have been involved with Oranga Tamariki Home and Housing

This report provides data from the Youth19 Rangatahi Smart Survey about secondary school students who report they have been involved with Oranga Tamariki or Child Youth and Family Services on the topic of ‘Home and Housing’.

Accommodating transition: improving housing outcomes for young people leaving OHC

This research examined the housing, homelessness, mental health, alcohol and drug and juvenile justice service usage pathways for out-of-home care (OHC) leavers in Victoria and Western Australia.
Research Summary

Key findings from the evaluation of the Homeless Youth Assistance Program (HYAP)

This summary outlines key findings from the evaluation of the Homeless Youth Assistance Program (HYAP) and how the NSW Department of Communities and Justice is responding to the evaluation findings.
Policy report

Australia’s youth policy framework

This document acknowledges the challenges faced by young people in Australia, particularly from the impacts of COVID-19. It outlines the federal government’s significant support and ongoing commitment to ensuring that young Australians are properly supported.

How best to serve young people with evidence?

This paper makes the case for evidence-based policy, before recapping the history of the 'What Works' movement and its particular structure in the United Kingdom.

Young people in residential aged care in Australia, 2019-2020

This report utilises the available administrative data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and the NDIA to describe the characteristics and geographical distribution of young people in permanent residential aged care (RAC) in Australia in 2019-2020.

Experiences of money management in the youth service

The purpose of the surveys was to ensure that future policy options for money management considered the views of young people’s experiences of compulsory money management and get feedback on proposed options for money management.
Working paper

Digital approaches to adolescent mental health: a review of the literature

Young people are more engaged with digital technologies than ever before, and health interventions increasingly build on these new technological opportunities. This literature review investigates digital approaches to addressing adolescent mental health and psychosocial-related challenges with a focus on low- and middle-income countries.
Discussion paper

What matters to young people in Victoria? Victorian youth strategy discussion paper

The Victorian government is developing a new, state-wide youth strategy, in an attempt to make Victoria the best place to be for young people. This discussion paper has been released to gather public input on the development of the new strategy.
Policy report

Side by side: supporting youth peer work in mental health services

This policy paper outlines the barriers youth peer workers face and makes ten recommendations for ensuring that the workforce grows and is well-supported.
Literature review

Improving outcomes for young parents and their children

Support for young parents has been a neglected area of policy and practice development in Australia. However, there is now increased focus on addressing the needs of young parents and their children at both state and federal government levels. This literature review identifies key elements...

South Australia's outcomes framework for children and young people

This framework supports the development and wellbeing of South Australians from birth to 18 years. It adopts a long-term focus to track and improve the outcomes of all children and young people.

Can we talk?

This report reveals almost one in four young people in 2018 said they are experiencing mental health challenges, with young females twice as likely as males to face this issue. A higher proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people also met the criteria...

Wellbeing health and youth engagement framework

This framework has been co-produced with young people and other experts to present a set of values and practical questions and to prompt responses and decision making that promotes ethical practices of engagement with young people.

Raising our children: guiding young Victorians in care into adulthood

This report has been produced by Deloitte Access Economics and commissioned by Anglicare Victoria for the Home Stretch campaign. It is a study of the socio-economic costs and benefits of extending care exit from the age of 18 to the age of 21 in Victoria...

Youth mental health report: youth survey 2012-16

This report shows more young Australians are in psychological distress than five years ago, with almost one in four young people in 2016 meeting the criteria for probable serious mental illness and young females twice as likely as males to report high psychological distress. The...
Briefing paper

Our safety counts: key findings from the Australian Survey of Kids and Young People - Perceptions of interpersonal safety and characteristics of safe institutions

The Research to Practice Series links the findings of research undertaken by the Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University, to the development of policy and practice in the area of child, youth and family welfare. This release, Issue 13, presents the key findings...
Literature review

Supporting young people leaving out-of-home care

The transition from adolescence to adulthood—emerging adulthood—is now recognised as a significant stage in the life cycle in developmental, emotional and social terms. Young people leaving out-of-home care (OOHC) face this transition to adulthood without family support and with significant extra barriers such as poor...

Go your own way

CREATE Foundation (CREATE) has been concerned at the trajectory of poor life outcomes for many young people leaving out-of-home care (not all, but a significant proportion). Our work in highlighting the issues for young people transitioning to independence started with our seminal work in 2008...