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Viewed with uncertainty: Coordination in youth affairs in Western Australia
by Quentin Beresford & Susan Robertson

Youth Studies Australia, v.14 n.2 pp.13-19

In recent years, considerable effort has been expended by both government and non-government agencies on improving the coordination of policy development and services in youth affairs. Comparatively little effort, however, has been devoted to critically examining these processes. Do coordination mechanisms improve outcomes for young people? If so, which approaches are more effective? These are the broad questions which inform this article. Western Australia provides an interesting case study of the problems of coordination in youth affairs, particularly as government in that State has fashioned and remodelled its approach to coordination on several occasions, but, according to the authors, with little apparent success.

A career in Youth Work?
by David Maunders & Robyn Broadbent

Youth Studies Australia, v.14 n.2 pp.20-26

Youth work is a career for which only three states in Australia (Victoria, NSW and Western Australia) offer formal education and training. Even with qualifications, the career path for a typical youth worker is hardly a straight line to the top. This survey, based on interviews with 29 people with graduate qualifications in youth work, offers insight into the often dispiriting and under-valued role of these professionals and presents some compelling evidence of the need for greater professional recognition, in-service training opportunities and changes in the pre-service education curriculum.

Family mobility: Social and academic effects on young adolescents
by Barry A. Fields

Youth Studies Australia, v.14 n.2 pp.27-31

An estimated 100,000 Australian children relocate and change schools every year. Many of them will relocate several times during their school years. The rarely reported effect of this high mobility on the social and academic development of young adolescents is examined in this study. The findings indicate that mobile students experience both academic and social difficulties.

Un and under employment
by Jenny Lauritsen

Youth Studies Australia, v.14 n.2 pp.32-36

While the national average unemployment rate is slowly moving downwards, the number of unemployed and underemployed young people remains stubbornly high. This discussion, based on the experiences of a group of young people attempting to enter the labour market, highlights the gap that is yet to be filled in our vision of an equitable society.

Mentoring: A case example and guidelines for its effective use
by Prof. Eugene Clark

Youth Studies Australia, v.14 n.2 pp.37-42

Mentor/protege relationships are quite common, whether they be in business, government, education or other spheres. No doubt many readers, as students or young adults, will have enjoyed the benefit of a senior, more experienced friend or colleague who has helped the reader learn the ropes and advance up the corporate, government, or educational ladder. Also, many readers in turn would have acted as mentors to younger colleagues. Despite its common occurrence, comparatively little is written about mentoring.

Sexuality education vs sex education
by Peter Gourlay

Youth Studies Australia, v.14 n.2 pp.43-45

Despite the movement away from didactic lessons about reproductive organs, sexuality educator Peter Gourlay believes there is still a missing link in our approach to sexuality education programs. Such programs, he believes, need to be integrated with multi-dimensional health programs that recognise the social context of the young people the programs are serving.