Youth Resources

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Resources for Schools

Building belonging: A toolkit for early childhood educators on cultural diversity and responding to predjudice

A comprehensive toolkit of early education resources which includes an ebook, song with actions, educator guide, posters and lesson plans. It is focussed on encouraging respect for cultural diversity and tackling racial prejudice in early childhood settings.

School's In for Refugees

whole-school approach to supporting students of refugee background. Resources include background information about understanding the refugee experience and the impact of trauma on learning, development and wellbeing. The resources also include case studies, professional learning activities, templates and tools for teachers to use in their work, to assist planning and change processes in a school environment. Foundation House (the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc) developed the program and resources are accessible at their website.

Schools and Families in Partnership: A Desktop Guide to Engaging Families from Refugee Backgrounds in their Children's Learning

This desktop guide was developed as the result of a project involving five Victorian schools as part of the Refugee Education Support Program (RESP). RESP is a partnership between the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (Foundation House), the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) and the Department of Education and Training (DET), in collaboration with the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) and Independent Schools Victoria (ISV).

The desktop guide aims to develop school-based strategies to strengthen the education and wellbeing outcomes of students and families from refugee backgrounds.

Schools that plan to use this guide may be at the beginning of their journey of supporting students from refugee backgrounds or may be experienced in a whole-school approach. The guide will be useful to all schools, as it reflects advice contributed by experienced school staff alongside parents from refugee backgrounds.

Building Respectful Relationships Resource

Building Respectful Relationships: Stepping Out against gender-based Violence is a set of sequential teaching activities to educate secondary school students about gender, violence and respectful relationships. It is one part of a larger strategy to assist schools in meeting state and federal initiatives to prevent violence against women. The resource is designed to provide curriculum advice as part of a whole-school approach to preventing gender-based violence and building respectful relationships.

headspace School Support 

headspace School Support works with school communities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from the suicide of a student. Teams operate throughout Australia so the program can respond to the individual needs of each school and coordinate support by working with relevant education bodies, local headspace centres and other service providers.

The website also has resources and fact sheets in languages other than English, for young people, school staff and service providers and for parents or guardians: https://headspace.org.au/schools/

Resources for Service Providers

Centre for Multicultural Youth

The Centre for Multicultural Youth is a Victorian not-for-profit organisation supporting young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to build better lives in Australia.

CMY purpose is to ensure that young people have every opportunity to succeed in Australia. Through a combination of specialist support services, training and consultancy, knowledge sharing and advocacy, they work to remove the barriers young people face as they make Australia their home. Most CMY work focuses on young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, 12-25 years old, with a particular priority on those who are newly-arrived to Australia.

CMY publish guides which are useful to practitioners, including: How To Make Your Organisation More Inclusive, Forced Marriage in Australia, Culturally Competent Intake and Assessment, Young People and Mental Health and the Culturally Competent Youth Work Good Practice Guide.

Online course on global adolescent health

An 8 week free, on-line MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Global Adolescent Health. The course examines factors affecting the health and wellbeing of young people around the world, and how important it is for individuals, communities and nations that we improve the health and life chances of this important population group.

The course is designed to interest a diverse group of learners, including those working in health, education and community sectors and those who work in prevention, programming and policy development.

The effect of trauma on the brain development of children

A Child Family Community Australia publication which discusses evidence-based principles for supporting the recovery of children in care. This practice paper provides an overview of what is known from research about cognitive development in children who have experienced trauma, and provides principles to support effective practice responses to those children's trauma.

Although the focus of this resource is on children in care, the principles stated are applicable to other children in contact with services, who are likely to have experienced a similar range of adversity.

Working with young survivors of refugee trauma and torture

Youth Action and Policy Association NSW is the peak organisation representing young people and youth services in NSW. Their website contains many resources with a youth focus. This web page details what refugee young people have experienced, the impact of resettlement, areas of trauma reaction, how you can assist refugee young people and further resources. 

Young refugees are a diverse group with many different experiences and cultural backgrounds. However, there are some common issues that face many young refugees. This web page details issues for young refugees.

Working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) adolescents

The Australian Institute of Family Studies Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) Practitioner Resource highlights the issues research has identified as commonly experienced by CALD adolescents. It provides links to evidence-based reports, resources and practice examples for hands-on application when working with CALD young people. Responses to specific issues are available through the resource to support professionals in the child, family and community welfare sectors.

This guide focuses largely on issues relating to refugee and newly arrived migrant youth. It has been recognised that negotiating adolescents involves additional complexities for these young people, compared to their Australian-born peers with CALD ancestries. This is particularly true in the context of family relations.

Mental Health Referral Guide for Young People in Tasmania

The Mental Health Referral Guide identifies services in Tasmania providing support, counselling, and therapeutic interventions for young people experiencing poor mental health. It is designed to assist your agency to identify the most appropriate service, to provide the necessary support, for a young person presenting to you.

Talking with Young Refugees about Experiences of Services (Project TYRES)

Foundation House, Victoria, interviewed young people from refugee backgrounds who had accessed mental health services about their experiences. Based on the young people's comments and recommendations, suggested guidelines for mental health practitioners have been compiled and are available at Project TYRES

Engage respectfully with young people from refugee backgrounds

Young people from refugee backgrounds experience settlement in ways distinct from adults and commonly navigate additional and more complex transitions than those of their Australian-born counterparts. A consortium of agencies with expertise in the sector worked in partnership to develop a package of targeted training materials. As an accredited unit, the materials will provide the basis for ensuring that all those working with young people from refugee backgrounds are equipped with the skills and knowledge to best meet their needs. The package contains a comprehensive Trainer’s GuideParticipant’s Handbook and Assessment Guide. 

The materials can be also downloaded through the AMES website and the MYAN website.

Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS)

SASS has two publications to assist practitioners in responding to problem sexual behaviour and sexually abusive behaviour. The Practice Handbook: Responding to Children and Young people with Problem Sexual Behaviours provides practitioners with a foundation for working with children, young people and their families/carers when problem sexual behaviour is an issue. It offers guidance on: information gathering, analysis and planning; action; and reviewing outcomes in cases where specific problems exist or with particular development stages. The handbook has been designed as a guide to help practitioners deal with the particularly sensitive issues and situations when working with vulnerable children and families/carers. 

The Standards of Practice Manual sets out standards that are benchmarks in providing quality service which act as guidelines for workers in organisations providing treatment for children and young people with problem sexual behaviours and sexually abusive behaviours. The Standards include minimum requirements for working collaboratively with statutory agencies and other services.


Resources for working with families

Child Health and Development

Health promotion and safety information for families with young children, translated in a culturally sensitive way, developed for nurses and health professionals supporting families and communities from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Translated materials are available in 10 key languages: Arabic, Burmese, Chin (Hakha), Chinese (Mandarin), Dari, Persian, Karen, Khmer, Punjabi and Vietnamese.

The resources focus on child development, the 'Slip Slop Slap' message, RACV guide on safe car restraints and practices, water and outdoor safety, and safe sleeping. Developed by Maternal and Child Health Service, Victoria.

Parenting in a new culture

Parenting in a new culture is a parenting guide for families from culturally diverse communities in Australia. A Spectrum MRC Resource, the modules are online and can also be downloaded. Modules include: Parenting in a new culture, Your relationship with your child, Helping your children develop self confidence, Protecting your child - safety and discipline, Learning in school, Dealing with teenagers, and Managing family stress. The guide is available in English, Arabic and Persian languages.

Children of Parents with Mental Illness

Children of Parents with Mental Illness (COPMI) provides practical resources, information and eLearning for parents, families, children, carers and professionals. eLearning courses include evidence based interventions, 'Child Aware' education, and links to other free educational courses for professionals working with families and children where a parent has a mental illness. 

Also available are translated resources, available in multiple languages, for use with and by families where a parent has a mental illness.

Immigrant child health toolkit

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released an Immigrant Child Health toolkit. This toolkit provides information to address common matters related to immigrant child health including a specific mental, emotional and behavioural care section. This resource was developed for the United States of America, however, it contains a lot of information pertinent to immigrant child health in Australia.

Working with families whose child is bullying

The Australian Youth Mentoring Network blog has published a guide for working with families whose child is bullying. This guide aims to provide practitioners and other professionals with information on school bullying and ways to work with and support families with a child who is bullying others. It provides an overview of the issue of bully, how to identify children who bully, and approaches to managing bullying. 

When children bully others at school, they are at significant risk of continuing this pattern of antisocial behaviour and having mental health concerns as they grow older. While bullying is often labelled as a school-related issue, it is also a family issue, as bullying is a behaviour often affected by the family environment. As such, working with families to interrupt the continuity from school bullying to later adverse life outcomes could be viewed as a form of early intervention for preventing crime, as well as a method of promoting health.

Settlement resources

Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) Tasmania

The MYAN TAS is an informal network of services working to promote the needs and issues of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in Tasmania. The MYAN TAS operates in partnership with the Migrant Resource Centre, Southern Tasmania Inc, Multicultural Tasmania and the Youth Network of Tasmania. 

In March 2015 MYAN TAS launched its Youth Consultation Report - Our Voice Matters. The report presents findings and recommendations from consultations with more than 200 young people from multicultural backgrounds across Tasmania, and associated service providers.

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Humanitarian Youth Arrivals Info Sheets

Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) Australia has released two Info Sheets providing national data on humanitarian youth arrivals between 2008 and 2014. This is the first time this data has been compiled. They provide a snapshot of the settlement trends for young people from refugee backgrounds in Australia, including an overview of some of the issues impacting on young people in the settlement process. Download the 2013-2014 Info Sheet and the 2014-2015 Info Sheet.

National Youth Settlement Framework

Developed by Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) Australia, with input from young people, government and the sector, the NYSF is the first national framework to guide youth settlement policy and service delivery in Australia. The NYSF is designed to support a targeted and consistent approach to addressing the needs of newly arrived young people settling in Australia. 

It works to ensure that young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds reach their potential as active citizens and contributors to Australian society. 

The NYSF provides conceptual and practical information as well as a set of supplementary resources including: 

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Other resources

The Good Lie - a resource for community screenings

The Good Lie is a film set during the second  Sudanese Civil War and follows four children who walk 800 miles to a refugee camp in Kenya. Heritage Films is encouraging communities to show screenings of the film at community centre, schools and churches to help raise awareness of the situation in South Sudan.

If you are interested in organising a screening please visit the website for a preview review.

The film is partnered with UNICEF and others to raise money for children in South Sudan. For more information visit The Good Lie Fund website.

The Phoenix Centre, a program of the Migrant Resource Centre (Southern Tasmania), receives funding from the Crown, through the Department of Health and Human Services, to provide the Tasmanian Transcultural Mental Health Network

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