Families represent the most important resources that young people have in their journey through treatment toward recovery. Unfortunately, family members are often seen as part of the problem and not as part of the solution to adolescent alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment and recovery. This attitude and misperception can be changed through education, outreach, and engagement of family members. Family involvement and creating a parent-professional collaborative partnership is a step toward improving the outcomes for adolescents in need of treatment and recovery. It is crucial that families understand the treatment process, as well as the hope, process, and reality of recovery. Without information families may not understand the importance of a treatment and recovery plan for their adolescent, the potential adverse consequences, and the impact of these AOD problems on other family members. Families need to learn the continuum of services and supports available, and how family participation improves treatment outcomes and strengthens the recovery process. Family involvement should be an essential part of intake, treatment, and recovery planning, as well as the foundation for effective parent–professional partnerships.
The Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services released today showed indigenous young people aged 10 to 17 were almost 24 times as likely as non-indigenous young people to be locked up in youth detention centres in 2012-13. bit.ly/1CFMNzW
Dr. Chris Rayner, Lecturer in Inclusive Education, at the University of Tasmania has been appointed as the Acting Director for the Australian Clearinghouse of Youth Studies (ACYS) following the news that Dr. Jeremy Prichard was stepping down from the role. bit.ly/1CiCDGT
Despite the Federal Government promising funding for four years a statement issued yesterday by Justice Minister Vanessa Goodwin said U-turn would be funded only for the rest of 2014-15. bit.ly/1LoKnK5
The Australian Council of Social Service today urged the Federal Government to focus on restoring revenue by addressing inefficient tax arrangements, rather than through spending cuts, and chart a fairer path back to surplus in its second Budget. In its Budget submission released today, the peak community sector body has identified more than $13 billion of potential savings in the next financial year, rising to over $18 billion in 2016-17, through measures which it says restore the integrity of Australia's progressive tax system. bit.ly/1ByZYkS
Australians like to think themselves as sporting and fit – a concept reinforced by the success of the country’s elite athletes. But evidence is emerging that Australian kids are falling behind their international peers and are performing worse in skills such as kicking, throwing, catching and jumping than they were 30 years ago. bit.ly/1yOOpGr