Face the Facts 

Face the facts analyses emerging issues and upcoming trends in the youth sector, and presents information about these issues in several formats:

Briefings – an in-depth report that reveals the complex factors at play and presents a ‘lay of the land’ view of the key issues involved. We include the major players, relevant policy implications and indications of where this issue may go in the future.

Snapshots – a short, sharp overview of the issue’s major themes and critical points, combined with informative graphics and statistics.

Case studies - insightful reports on programs or services working in the Face the Fact topic area.  These provide background information, analysis of what worked, and reflections on successes and areas for improvement.

Podcasts and webinars - interviews and discussions with experienced practitioners, recognised researchers, and young people provide the personal insights that are vital to round out understanding and knowledge of an issue.


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Young Australians and sexual health

You can download our briefing for a clear and comprehensive overview of academic research into emerging issues in youth sexual health education.

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Support in tough times: Encouraging young people to seek help for their friends

A new report developed by the NSW Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) and the NSW Mental Health Commission shows schools can improve the lives of students by recognising the important role of friends in seeking adult help for young people with mental health problems. Original article

24 Oct 2014

Researchers using social media for youth study

The Hunter Research Foundation will use social media as part of a study into why many young people find it difficult to transition from education to employment. Original article

24 Oct 2014

Equity in education

A number of recent reports and reviews look at ways to provide education equality in Australia. More information

24 Oct 2014

Radicalisation of youth: Current discussion

The concern for the involvement of young Australians in ISIS activities has been growing. Recent discussion has turned to looking at policy development as a way of addressing the issue. More information

24 Oct 2014

What sort of people do we want young Australians to be?

Andrew Peterson, Senior Lecturer in History and Civics Education at the University of South Australia, discusses the recommendations from the Review of the Australian Curriculum and the noted absence of moral and ethical development in past curricula. Original article

24 Oct 2014

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