We are conducting and involved in a range of initiatives across the youth and community sectors. See below, opportunities to participate in the pilot training program in May for youth workers, about supporting young people affected by domestic and family violence; the upcoming consultation on a new ACT Youth Sector Code of Ethical Practice; and Service Improvement Project workshops for CYFSP services. We are continuing our work to support raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility in the ACT, which will form the basis of our submission in May to the 2022-23 ACT Budget community consultation. We will also soon be releasing a draft report, in partnership with the Office of Mental Health, discussing service and system gaps for children and young people with moderate to severe mental health issues. 
"Talk to Them"
This pilot training aims to support youth workers with the knowledge and confidence needed to open a conversation with young people about domestic and family violence. We are currently taking expressions of interest to do the pilot training in May or future training sessions.

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Youth Sector Code of Ethical Practice
The draft ACT Youth Work Code of Ethical Practice will be released for comment/feedback from the youth sector at the end of April. We will hold a three week consultation period in May, where there will be opportunities to provide written feedback, or attend in person or online feedback sessions. The new Code will be finalised and launched in June.
Election Guide
This year there will be a federal election to decide who will lead the government. The election will most likely happen in May and now is the time to make a difference by enrolling to vote, sharing what matters to you and meeting candidates

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ACT Community Sector Careers Survey

The ACT Community Sector Careers Survey is for employers, volunteers, and employees across the ACT community sector. Completion of the survey will directly support the development of an ACT Community Sector Careers Gateway website and ensure the content and resources are meeting the needs of employers, employees, and volunteers across the community sector.

Fill out the survey
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.

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Events & Forums
Service Improvement Project
(SIP) offers a systematic, collaborative and structured approach to service improvement. CYFSP funded agencies are now able to book their team to attend the next rollout of workshops.Contact if you would like more information about this program.
Register for workshops here
The next Youth Worker Practice Network meeting will be held on Thursday 5 May. The discussion will focus on the Youth Work Code of Ethical Practice. If you would like to be involved email

The next meeting for the Multicultural Youth Affairs Network ACT will be on Friday 6th of May at 10:00am. If you would like to be involved email
The next Youth Housing and Homlessness Forum meeting will be on Thursday 2nd of June at 9:30am. If you would like to be involved email
Activities & Projects
Mobile Phones for Young People Project 
We have released a scoping study looking into options to develop a program to provide mobile phones for young people experiencing homelessness. We are continuing conversations with potential funders and services to determine the next ​steps of this idea which was developed at the Youth Homelessness Pathways Challenge in September 2020. 

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Youth Mental Health
We are working with the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing, and Capital Health Network, to better understand why some children and young people 'fall through the gaps' in mental health services. To discuss youth mental health in the ACT contact

Commissioning Activities 
The Youth Coalition are actively involved in the commissioning process being undertaken by CSD and Health Directorate. 

2022-23 ACT Budget
Community consultation on the upcoming ACT Budget is open until 27 May. For more information about the Youth Coalition's submission, contact 
Research project about young people
and care – call for participants

ANU researchers would like to talk to young people aged 16 - 29 who live in the ACT about their experiences of and attitudes towards care. Participants will receive a $100 Coles / Myer gift voucher in recognition of their time.

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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.
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.
Mind Map Youth Navigation Portal
The child and youth mental health portal was launched by Marymead and the ACT Government in late 2021. We supported the development of the Portal, and are participating on the Reference Group and Evaluation Advisory Committee.

Visit the Portal
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. We are supporting recruitment of young people for advisory group and participation in research. Also providing an advisory role for the project as a whole.

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