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Why youth services must be accessible

Issy Orosz, Wednesday, 1st July 2020 -  Without accessibility for all young people, services can harm groups of society that already have a hard time accessing the world around them, writes Issy Orosz, in a new monthly column injecting the voices of young people into the social change sect

Opinion

Support for returning to learning is key to protecting future employment

Renee Hancock, Tuesday, 2nd June 2020 -  The divide between socioeconomic disadvantaged youth and those from wealthier homes is at risk of widening even further, writes Renee Hancock, who is calling on state and federal governments to invest in a taskforce of youth workers. 

Opinion

A national approach is urgently needed to extend state care during the pandemic

Paul McDonald, Sunday, 31st May 2020 -  All states and territories need to follow Victoria’s lead and stop young people being forced to leave care for at least the rest of this year, writes Paul McDonald, chair of The Home Stretch campaign.

Opinion

Supporting our vulnerable youth: Managing harmful substance abuse

Mike Davis, Wednesday, 27th May 2020 -  COVID-19 has compounded the issue of youth drinking and drug abuse, writes Mike Davis,  who talks about a new program that TaskForce is running which is designed to help.

Young Australians urged to make their voices heard

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 7th April 2020 -  Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, youth advocates say the voices of young people are more important than ever

Children’s commissioner says Australia isn’t doing enough to protect vulnerable kids

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 11th February 2020 -  A new report says the mental health of Australian children is not being cared for properly 

Aussies want greater support for the one in six kids living in poverty

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 28th January 2020 -  More than half of Australians report seeing children and families impacted by poverty in their local area

Opinion

We ignored the evidence and the nation is aflame. Let’s not do the same with our kids.

Penny Dakin, Wednesday, 15th January 2020 -  As Australians face unprecedented threats from bushfires, we are seeing the results of evidence ignored. A potential social and economic firestorm awaits many Australian children unless we take evidence off the shelf and turn it into action, writes A

Young Aussies struggling to find work

Luke Michael, Monday, 9th December 2019 -  New research shows nearly one in five unemployed young people have been out of work for more than a year

Community groups say investment needed to fix Victoria’s ‘broken’ out-of-home care system

Luke Michael, Friday, 22nd November 2019 -  New research says the state government could save $1.6 billion over the next decade through targeted investment in the child protection system
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