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.

Muslim spiritual leader warns young people of potential harm of social media

The spiritual leader of Muslims in Australia, Ibrahim Abu Mohammad, has warned young people not to trust ‘Sheik Google and Sheik YouTube’, saying they are ‘very dangerous and they have no moral or religious authority’. Original article

16 Sep 2014

Still time for nominations for The Young People’s Human Rights Medal

Nominations for the 2014 Australian Human Rights Awards, which include The Young People’s Human Rights Medal, have been extended for an extra two weeks. The closing date for nominations is now Friday 26 September. Original article

16 Sep 2014

Young people who have missed out will have a ball

Mission Australia will hold its second Youth Ball in Perth on Friday 10 October, during 2014 Mental Health Week. This event is for young people who may have never had a chance to attend a school ball due to factors such as alcohol and other drug misuse, homelessness, non-engagement with school and employment, and backgrounds of family and domestic conflict and violence. Original article

16 Sep 2014

Welfare sector calls for youth employment strategy

The Australian Council of Social Service has called on the Australian Government to bring together key experts to develop a comprehensive youth employment strategy to tackle Australia’s high youth employment levels. Original article

12 Sep 2014

Sweeping changes to VET regulation

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane has announced that 'high performing' VET providers won’t need permission from the Australian Skills Standards Agency to change courses or introduce new ones. Also, from 1 July 2015, the government will move from a contract with 12 Industry Skills Councils to a more contestable model for the development and maintenance of training packages, with development put out to tender. Original article

12 Sep 2014

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