Precursors to a media frenzy: Supervised chroming, young people in care and the Victorian Government's drug policy
by Judith Bessant
Youth Studies Australia, v.22, n.3, pp.11-17. (peer reviewed article)
Supervised chroming in Victoria was an issue that received wide media attention in January 2002. In this article, Judith Bessant argues that the amount and type of coverage given the issue was influenced by preceding events, including the heroin injecting rooms debate and a long history of neglect and abuse of children in care in a number of education and welfare agencies in Australia.
Spiked drinks: 'I'm more worried about getting home on the train': A focus group study of young women's perceptions of risk and behaviours
by Renee Morton
Youth Studies Australia, v.22, n.3, pp.18-24. (peer reviewed article)
An increase in reports of drug-assisted sexual assault (DASA), including those involving spiked drinks, has been noted by a range of service providers across NSW. The project described in this article explores the way young women use alcohol in social situations, their attitudes towards risk and safety and, in particular, their perception of the risk of having a drink spiked. The paper concludes that to have an impact on the incidence of spiked drinks, health promotion interventions need to be multi-strategic and involve collaboration with stakeholders from different sectors.
Surviving risk: Juvenile justice workers' perspectives on managing blood borne viruses and other health risks
by Mary O'Brien and Zoe Greenwood
Youth Studies Australia, v.22, n.3, pp.25-31. (peer reviewed article)
Eighty per cent of clients in senior youth training centres in Victoria have been sentenced for drug or alcohol related offences. Australia has been relatively successful at containing the prevalence of HIV among drug users including juvenile justice clients; however, they have quite high rates of hepatitis C infection. Victorian research reveals that the management of blood borne viruses and other health risks in the juvenile justice system raises a number of issues including continuity of care, the need to balance the imperatives of corrections and health, and the challenge of choosing and implementing appropriate interventions.
Youth Studies Australia, v.22, n.3, pp.32-35.
Although suicide is a major cause of death of young men in the Western world it is still, statistically, a rare event. Michael Carr-Gregg is concerned that suicide is increasingly becoming a preoccupation for many young people, and that many youth suicide prevention programs being delivered in schools may be exacerbating the problem. He discusses problematic aspects of some of these programs and suggests safeguards that can be implemented to ensure that mental health programs are safe, effective and evidence-based.
What's in it for ... ? Benefits and dilemmas in the practice of youth partnership accountability
by Kathleen Stacey, Emma Webb, Sarah-Lynn Hills, Nina Lagzdins, Desima Moulds, Tony Phillips and Paul Stone
Youth Studies Australia, v.22, n.3, pp.36-43.
Youth partnership accountability (YPA) is one of several approaches to youth participation. It has a strong focus on the accountability of workers and agencies to young people; therefore, it is directly concerned with issues of power, relationships and agendas. This paper is the second in a three-paper series examining critical issues and the implications of YPA work. The first paper discussed relationships and power (YSA, v.21 n.1, 2002). This paper outlines benefits and dilemmas participants may experience and includes examples from existing projects. Negotiating benefits and dilemmas is both a challenge and requirement of youth partnership accountability.
Youth Studies Australia, v.22, n.3, pp.44-51.
Youth participation has the potential to provide all of us with a better place to live. However, a rights-based approach to participation on its own could alienate the general public. David Burfoot discusses the importance of children and young people's participation in their schools and communities and the need to make the voting system more relevant to young people.