Last month’s YFX touched briefly on the publication of Voices of the vulnerable: Insights and concerns from young clients accessing our services, and here we break down the report a little further.
This report looks specifically at the
views of more than 540 young people who have used MA's services
and who took part in the organisation’s 2014 Youth Survey (which gathered
around 13,600 responses in total). These disadvantaged young people are keen to
work and build a life for themselves; in fact, MA CEO Catherine
Yeomans says that they are ‘more likely to prioritise getting a job compared to
other young people’.
Most young MA clients had similar aspirations and hopes to
other young people, and their views broadly coincided with those of other young people when it
came to values and personal concerns. Young MA clients strongly valued family
relationships and friendships, despite the difficulties some of them face in
their own lives. And both MA clients and other young people listed coping with
stress and school or study problems as the two top personal concerns; however
the MA clients rated depression as their third concern, while other young
people rated body image as their third issue of concern.
For MA clients, where
they lived was of concern, as they often lived in regional or remote areas of
outer suburbs of cities, where transport and access to jobs can be
A list of recommendations from MA listed in this report includes, among other things, more investment in career pathways and youth transition
programs, addressing the issues of transport, affordable housing and mobility
support, and the development of peer-led programs to support young people
This report will be of particular interest to anyone working
with disadvantaged young people in the areas of transition and overall