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Australian Council for Children and Parenting
ACCAP is an advisory body to the Minister for Families, Community Services Indigenous Affairs and is serviced by a Secretariat located within the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. Ph: (02) 6212 9199. See:?http://www.facs.gov.au/internet/facsinternet.nsf/Family/accap-nav.htm
This is a quarterly magazine aimed at parents and families with teenagers as well as professionals who work with young people. It is published by Youth Off The Streets, a registered charity in Sydney that works with homeless and disadvantaged young people. See http://www.teenmatters.com.au/
The NSW Commission for Children and Young People has several resources useful for parents. See its publications section.
The DrugInfo Clearinghouse at the Australian Drug Foundation issues a series of free fact sheets, reading and resource lists and research summaries for parents on alcohol- and drug-related issues. Examples of their fact sheets include:
- ABCD: Parenting Young Adolescents Program: for parents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- Parent Education: What is it? (a guide for parents and workers)? http://druginfo.adf.org.au/article.asp?ContentID=parent_education_what_is_it_fEducating
- Mum and Dad about Drug Issues: How does parent education work? (for young people)? http://druginfo.adf.org.au/article.asp?ContentID=educating_mum_and_dad_about_dr
- The June 2003 issue of the ?DrugInfo Newsletter? (at http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au/newsletter.asp?ContainerID=volume1_no_6_june_2003 ) focuses on the topic of parent education and the prevention of drug related harm.
- Fostering resilience in the children of lesbian and gay families is another factsheet from the DrugInfo Clearinghouse.
Free membership to the DrugInfo Clearinghouse is available at: http://druginfo.adf.org.au/membership/
Many other organisations have publications for parents regarding drug use, see for instance, South Australia's page for parents and carers.
'Parenting young adolescents: As easy as A-B-C-D'
This short article by Hien Bui, ABCD Statewide Coordinator, UnitingCare Moreland Hall describes the ABCD-Parenting Young Adolescents Program currently being delivered across Victoria. The program, funded by the Department of Human Services Victoria, aims to equip parents with the communication skills, parenting practices, information and strategies to help them build positive, trusting relationships with their young adolescents. The program focuses on the critical transition years from primary to secondary school, and is targeted at parents of young people in Years 7 and 8. See: http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au/newsletter.asp?ContentID=as_easy_as_abcd
'Can't Buy Me Love? Young Australians' views on parental work, time, guilt and their own consumption ('Australia Institute Discussion Paper' n.61, February 2004, ISSN 1322-5421, 12pp. Full text at: http://www.tai.org.au/Publications_Files/DP_Files/DP61sum.pdf
Assoc. Prof. Barbara Pocock, research fellow in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Adelaide and Jane Clarke, a researcher in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Adelaide, are the authors of this Australia Institute discussion paper which examines the perspectives of young people with regard to their parents' paid and unpaid work, its implications for their lives and the links between work and consumption.