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.

Companies freeloading on unprotected interns

Lengthy unpaid internships, long a feature of the American and European labour markets, have become mainstream in Australia over the past two decades. Original article

23 Apr 2014

headspace survey: Youth Friendliness of Service

headspace are seeking feedback from young people on how youth friendly their services are. Original article

23 Apr 2014

Human Rights Commission to look for ways to reduce youth suicide

The Human Rights Commission will investigate ways to protect young people against suicide and self-harm, the leading cause of death among Australians aged between 15 and 24 years. Original article

23 Apr 2014

Youth justice in Australia 2012-13

This report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare presents information on young people under youth justice supervision, both in the community and in detention, during 2012–13. In unpacking the data, several media outlets point out that there has been a significant drop in detention rates. More information

23 Apr 2014

Submissions open for examination into intentional self-harm and suicidal behaviour

The National Children's Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, is today opening submissions for her examination into intentional self-harm and suicidal behaviour in children and young people under 18 years. Original article

22 Apr 2014

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