Migrant and refugee youth

Publications and research

A Last Resort

Research report

National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention. The Inquiry has made the following major findings in relation to Australia's mandatory immigration detention system as it applied to children who arrived in Australia without a visa (unauthorised arrivals) over the period 1999-2002. 

www.hreoc.gov.au/human_rights/children_detention_report/summaryguide/index.html

Australian Multicultural Affairs

The Foundation has adopted an active role to develop intercultural initiatives. It operates through consultation with all community organisations, institutions, other foundations, Government and employer and employee bodies. In addition to providing funding, programs and initiatives, it assists all Australians to participate in bodies, organisations and institutions that are important to citizenship and community responsibility.

Website: amf.net.au

Building Pathways: Resources to Support Transitions for Young People from Refugee Backgrounds (2007)

Website

Department of Immigration and Citizenship developed resources including a good practice framework and training materials aimed at improving the sensitivity and responsiveness of support provided to young people from refugee backgrounds as they move through education, training and employment. 

www.immi.gov.au/media/publications/settle/transitions.htm

Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights

The Centre for Citizenship Development and Human Rights aims to make a major contribution to socio-political theory, analysis and practice aimed at supporting human rights, citizenship, third sector organisations and democracy. This will be achieved through research, publications, conferences, seminars, public debate, training and consultancies.

Website: www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/cchr/index.php

Centre for Immigration and Multicultural Studies

The Centre is part of the Australian National University and provides access to research conducted in immigration and multicultural issues. 

Website: cims.anu.edu.au 

Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY)

CMY is a community-based organisation that advocates for the needs of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. 

Website: www.cmy.net.au

CMY e-News

Newsletter

The Centre for Multicultural Youth publishes a bi-monthly newsletter featuring articles, news and information from young people on issues relating to culturally and linguistically diverse communities. 

Website:  www.cmy.net.au/CMYeNews

Crime prevention programs for culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Australia

Research report

In this paper from the Australian Institute of Criminology, key criminal justice issues in relation to CALD communities are reviewed and a summary of relevant protective and risk factors provided. Some CALD-specific crime prevention programs, which serve to promote resiliency and protective factors and/or inhibit risk factors, are then presented. In order to ensure relevance and currency, the paper is primarily limited to Australian research from 2006 onwards. There is extensive material related to young people's experiences. 

www.aic.gov.au/publications/current%20series/rip/1-10/18.aspx

Diversity Health Institute Clearinghouse

The Diversity Health Institute Clearinghouse is a central access point for information on multicultural health in Australia. Its aim is to bring together the myriad of work conducted in the area nationally. Cultural competence, refugee health, nutrition, sexual health, drugs and alcohol, mental health, ageing, and disability are just some the issues encompassed by the Clearinghouse's brief. 

Website: 203.32.142.106/clearinghouse/

Federation of Ethinic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA)

FECCA is the national peak body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. They provide advocacy, develop policy and promote issues on behalf of our constituency to government and the broader community. www.fecca.org.au

Foundation House

The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (VFST), or 'Foundation House' as it is also known, provides a range of services to people from refugee backgrounds whom have survived torture or war related trauma.

www.foundationhouse.org.au/home/index.htm

Klassroom Kaleidoscope

Klassroom Kaleidoscope A program to facilitate connectedness and well-being in the culturally diverse classroom (2007)
Ten lesson unit adapted from the Kaleidoscope Program for the mainstream classroom of both refugee and non-refugee students. 

www.foundationhouse.org.au/service_innovation_program/working_with_schools/resources.htm 

Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre

The Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC) is a specialist resource centre for schools in Victoria. They provide information for teachers, educators and pre-service teachers on the resources and facilities offered by the centre. 

Website: www.education.vic.gov.au/studentlearning/programs/lmerc/default.htm 

Mentoring Youth from a CALD Background

Article

This factsheet from the Australian Youth Mentoring Network provides insights into mentoring young people from a background which is culturally or linguistically different from the mentor's background.

www.youthmentoring.org.au/mentor_factsheets.html

Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network

The Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (Australia), the MYAN, is a national policy and advocacy body that represents the rights and interests of migrant and newly arrived young people. 

www.myan.org.au

Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA)

As the national umbrella body for more than 130 organisations working with refugees and asylum seekers, the Refugee Council of Australia is actively involved in new research, policy development, information and representation on refugee issues.

Website: www.refugeecouncil.org.au

School’s In for Refugees

School's In for Refugees: Whole-School Guide to Refugee Readiness (Updated 2007)
This guide aims to strengthen the capacity of school communities to promote a supportive school environment for students from refugee backgrounds and their families.

www.foundationhouse.org.au/service_innovation_program/working_with_schools/resources.htm

School’s In for Refugees Online

Website

Foundation House has developed an online resource for teachers and those who work in and with schools called ‘Schools In for Refugees Online’. The resources on SIFRO are specifically aimed at those working in and with schools in Victoria, however we feel many ideas, advice tips and references are transferrable to schools in other states/territories of Australia.

www.foundationhouse.org.au/service_innovation_program/working_with_schools/schools-refugees-online.htm

Talk’s In

Talk’s In. Families of refugee background and schools in dialogue (2009).

A resource to strengthen the capacity of school communities to provide a supportive and inclusive environment for families of refugee backgrounds. The resource includes background information, practical suggestions and resources for workshops with school staff and families. 

www.foundationhouse.org.au/service_innovation_program/working_with_schools/resources.htm 

Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (VFST)

The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (VFST), or 'Foundation House' as it is also known, provides a range of services to people from refugee backgrounds whom have survived torture or war related trauma.

www.foundationhouse.org.au/home/index.htm

Book reviews and abstracts from Youth Studies Australia

There are no book reviews or abstracts from Youth Studies Australia for this topic. Past issues of the journal are being included in the website. Please check back for updates.

Deaf advocate Drisana Levitzke-Gray named Young Australian of the Year

Being born deaf has never stopped Drisana Levitzke-Gray from being heard. The 21-year-old, from Perth, has pushed for the rights of deaf children around the world to learn Auslan, the sign language used by the Australian deaf community. On Sunday, she received a national honour for her efforts in promoting diversity and acceptance of deaf people by being named Young Australian of the Year for 2015. She joins three other women in a sweep of the Australian of the Year awards.  bit.ly/15Ee4pj

27 Jan 2015

FYA wants youth ideas

THE Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) has launched a massive national campaign aimed at engaging young people across the country to reveal their best ideas for building a better Australia. FYA CEO Jan Owen said Innovation Nation - 1000 ideas for a Better Australia was a national ideas challenge for young people, starting the first youth-led conversation about innovation.  FYA in collaboration with a number of not-for-profit, corporate and philanthropic partners, wants to uncover young people's innovative ideas for tackling major challenges across the nation. Those with the best ideas will have the opportunity to secure $10,000 in seed funding to turn their dream into a reality.   innovationnation.fya.org.au/

27 Jan 2015

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child and Family Portal

The Knwoledge Circle, a resource that provides support to a range of professionals working across a variety of interrelated sectors. Providing information for service providers, researchers and policy-makers, who are encouraged to explore this site and to share their stories about "what works" to keep their children safe and happy.   bit.ly/1L4FXba

23 Jan 2015

Uni summer program targeting disadvantaged youth

A two week university program at UTS is targeting young people from low socio-economic backgrounds with the hopes of getting more young people into university education. bit.ly/15DajBF 

23 Jan 2015

Out of home care strategies 2015-2020 Community Services

Out of home care services in the ACT and around Australia are currently facing many challenges including how to respond to rising demand for out of home care places and difficulties in attracting and retaining foster carers. In addition, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people are significantly over represented among care populations and life outcomes for many care leavers continue to be poor.    bit.ly/15cAnCq

23 Jan 2015

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