Sector Bulletin October 2022

The Youth Coalition are conducting and involved in a range of initiatives across the youth and community sectors. See below, our submission to the ACT Budget 2022-2023, our upcoming forums and an update on our projects and activities.
Community sector briefing on Next Steps for Our Kids 2022-2030
Last Thursday Families ACT & The Youth Coalition of the ACT, in partnership with ACT Government, hosted a community sector briefing on Next Steps for Our Kids 2022-2030 by the Minister for Families and Community Services, Rachel Stephen-Smith MLA. The briefing was supported by senior Community Services Directorate staff Anne Maree Sabellico and Melanie Saballa.

A panel of experts (Jodie Griffiths-Cook, Professor Morag MacArthur and Selina Walker) also provided their views on the ACT’s strategy to strengthen families and keep children & young people safe. The session was MC’ed by Chris Redmond.

The briefing was a great opportunity to bring together stakeholders whose support is imperative for the success of Next Steps.

Thank you to everyone involved in this event! The conversation will continue and we will keep our members and key stakeholders informed on the implementation of Next Steps.

Find out more about Next Steps for Our Kids 2022-2030
Gambling Harm Awareness Week
This Gambling Harm Awareness Week (17-23 October 2022) we’re calling on the community to speak up, seek help and support each other in response to gambling harm – acknowledging that Every Story Matters.
Gambling harm is about more than just losing money. It’s any negative consequence caused by or made worse by gambling. This can include impacts on relationships, employment or study as well as negative effects that can damage the health or wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.
Markus Fischer, Lead Peer Support Worker with the ACT Gambling Support Service has experienced gambling harm firsthand. “I lost my friends, my family, my self-esteem, my pride. I lost all of that. And these are things you cannot replace with money”, Markus reflects.
Markus continues on his journey of recovery whilst helping others to take steps forwards. “There is a lot of shame and guilt around gambling harm. And I know that for myself”, he says. “But there are so many supports available. It is about reaching out. It is about taking that first step. It is about trusting.”
If you’re impacted by gambling harm, including by someone else’s gambling, help is available.
Nominations Now Open
Nominations now open for our Youth Sector Awards, The Annual YOGIE Awards 2022!

The YOGIE Awards recognise, celebrate, promote and reward outstanding practice in working with young people in the ACT and surrounding area. 

Find out more and nominate
Raising the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility in the ACT

‘Raising the age’ is one of the most important pieces of youth advocacy for the ACT and Australia. It will have far reaching impact on young people, families and the youth sector.

We have been meeting with JACS, CSD, ACT Policing and MLA's and Ministers to manage the imminent changes to policy, legislation, and services sector.

Find Out More
Understanding the ‘Missing Middle’ – Child and Youth Mental Health in the ACT
Over the last two years, the Youth Coalition has partnered with the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing, and Capital Health Network, to better understand the nature of ‘the missing middle’: children and young people with moderate to severe mental health issues, who experience difficulties accessing mental health support. Consultations were conducted with service providers across a range of sectors to better understand which children and young people experience difficulties and why.

Read the full report
ACT Budget 2022-23: Youth Coalition Response
We developed and released a response to the ACT Budget 2022-23, which provides an overview of the ACT Budget initiatives affecting young people and their families in Canberra.

The 2022-23 ACT Budget delivers funding across a range of key areas, such as public health (including alcohol and other drugs and mental health), housing, education, climate change, family safety and child protection, with limited funding directed towards youth-specific initiatives.

Read the full response
Events & Forums
The Youth Coalition of the ACT & Families ACT are running two workshops for those working with trans and gender diverse young people, or their families. The workshops will be delivered by A Gender Agenda, for frontline staff and organisations who are looking to develop the skills and awareness necessary for delivering gender-inclusive services to children, young people and families. Tickets available here
The next meeting for the Multicultural Youth Affairs Network ACT will be on Friday 4th of November at 10:00am. 
RSVP here
The next Youth Housing and Homlessness Forum meeting will be on Thursday 20th of October at 9:30am.
RSVP here
List of Youth Coalition Events
Activities & Projects
Commissioning Activities 
The Youth Co are actively involved in the commissioning process being undertaken by CSD and Health Directorate.
We are currently supporting Housing to identify and create outcomes tools for the homelessness sector. We are also assisting CYFPS to plan their commission process.

Youth Sector Code of Ethical Practice
The draft ACT Youth Work Code of Ethical Practice was released for comment, with feedback sought from the youth sector throughout May, via consultation sessions and an online feedback process. We are now integrating feedback into the Code of Ethical Practice documents and developing the package for release including information sheets and supporting material.
YWPN Evaluation
The Youth Coalition has received a grant from Hands Across Canberra and Snow Foundation to do an evaluation of the YWPN between July 2022-June 2023. Evaluation planning is currently underway, with data collection due to be conducted between October – December.

Elder Abuse and Adolescent Violence research project  
The Youth Coalition and the Australian Institute of Criminology are seeking volunteers to participate in a study about the nature of violence perpetrated by young people against their elderly carers. The study will help us to understand the context in which abuse against elderly carers occurs and the barriers for carers in accessing support. Contact for more information or to be involved.
Child/Youth Mental Health Services Network
We continue planning with the Office and CHN to develop an ongoing Child/Youth Mental Health Services Network. A planning day was held on 13 September with a range of key stakeholders.

Young People’s Journeys around Mental Health and Medical Services Study (JAMMed): Longitudinal Qualitative Study
We are part of this study with ANU Centre for Health and Medical Research. The study is designed to develop an evidence base regarding young people’s access to mental health support. We convened the first youth advisory meeting with ANU. We engaged 10 young people to help advise and design the research methodology for the study.
Service Improvement Project
SIP offers a systematic, collaborative and structured approach to service improvement. Twelve CYFSP funded programs are currently participating in the series of four workshops. If you would like more information or are interested in participating please contact 
Youth Mental Health System Modelling Tool
We are supporting this project led by the University of Sydney, Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing, and Capital Health Network to develop a system modelling tool for the youth mental health sector. This tool is intended to enable improved sector planning and decision-making. To discuss the project contact 
FFT-CW ACT Evaluation
We are conducting an 18-month evaluation of OzChild and Gugan Gulwan's Functional Family Therapy - Child Welfare ACT program, in partnership with Curijo, Numbers and People Synergy and Morag McArthur. For more information contact
Network Coordinator and Peaks Meeting
The Youth Co and Families ACT now regularly meet with the Network Coordinators funded by CYFSP to help advise and share information to align advocacy and other sector activities. We are also part of the Network Coordinator Governance group to ensure the role is being delivered as intended.

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