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YOUTH SERVICES | Inquiry identifies service gaps in the middle years

The NSW Parliamentary Joint Committee on Children and Young People's inquiry into children and young people aged 9 to 14 years has "identified gaps in services across a range of areas including education, health and welfare, together with a number of promising programs" according to committee chair Robert Coombs MP.  

The inquiry's final report was released on 3 September 2009. Mr Coombs said that the report highlighted "the fundamental need for a whole-of-government approach to providing services for children and young people and the need for a dedicated funding stream for services for 9- to 14-year-olds". The report also highlighted the benefits of children and young people having input into decisions that affect their lives, including input into policies and programs. The Final report of the inquiry into children and young people aged 9 to 14 years in NSW can be downloaded from the committee's website: http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au /children
(Source: Parliament of NSW Joint Committee on Children and Young People 2009, Committee on Children and Young People: Inquiry into children and young people 9-14 years in NSW, media release, 9 September, viewed 11 September 2009, http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/Prod/parlment/committee.nsf/0/854A280C28BE00A8CA25762600226DAE)