A critical examination of the youth foyer model for alleviating homelessness: Strengthening a promising evidence base – The Australia & New Zealand School of Government

ABSTRACT This article assesses the quality of 15 primary studies that examined the effectiveness of youth foyer or foyer-like programs on the lives of young homeless people. The youth foyer model provides an integrated approach to tackling youth homelessness, connecting affordable accommodation to training and employment. In Australia, there is growing support from government for … [Read More] A critical examination of the youth foyer model for alleviating homelessness: Strengthening a promising evidence base – The Australia & New Zealand School of Government

Predictors of Social Service Contact among Teenagers in England – British Journal of Social Work

ABSTRACT Very few UK studies make use of longitudinal general population data to explore social service contact for children and young people. Those that do only look at specific interventions such as care placements. This paper seeks to address this gap by asking to what extent do structural, neighbourhood, familial and individual characteristics predict social … [Read More] Predictors of Social Service Contact among Teenagers in England – British Journal of Social Work

Transferability of the youth foyer model for women exiting the criminal justice system – Journal of Social Work

ABSTRACT This article reports on research with an Australian Homelessness Prevention Project, Restart, which set out to test the transferability of a Youth Foyer model for women exiting prison. The aim of the program was to prevent homelessness for this group of women by stabilising both housing and employment. The program design included a comprehensive … [Read More] Transferability of the youth foyer model for women exiting the criminal justice system – Journal of Social Work

Future now bright thanks to Education First Youth Foyer – Hume Leader

Extract from an article by Natalie Savino A YOUTH foyer nearing its second anniversary is helping young people reach for the stars. The Education First Youth Foyer at Kangan Institute, Broadmeadows — an initiative developed by the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Launch Housing — opened its doors in 2014 and is one of two currently … [Read More] Future now bright thanks to Education First Youth Foyer – Hume Leader

Engaging young people: Using the pathways young people take in and out of homelessness as the foundation for a person centred service culture – Melbourne City Mission

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract Since the mid-1990s there has been a gradual shift towards the prevention of – and early intervention in – youth homelessness, and for good reason. Research shows that if young people are not helped early on, they often become trapped in the homeless population where their problems get more complex and are more costly … [Read More] Engaging young people: Using the pathways young people take in and out of homelessness as the foundation for a person centred service culture – Melbourne City Mission

The Sustainability of the Youth Foyer Model: A Comparison of the UK and Australia – Social Policy and Society

ABSTRACT The youth foyer model was designed to provide a package of support, including accommodation to homeless or at-risk young people, based on participation in education, training and/or employment as a supported transition to independent living and a sustainable livelihood. Commencing in the early 1990s, the UK has developed a large number of foyers while … [Read More] The Sustainability of the Youth Foyer Model: A Comparison of the UK and Australia – Social Policy and Society

Want to end youth homelessness? This works – The Age

Extract from an article by Miki Perkins How do you stop being Aboriginal? When Christinaray Weetra was a timid seven-year-old at a mainstream school, she tried her best to make it happen. Blend in, speak like everyone else, don’t stand out. She was teased anyway. But a childhood spent ricocheting between home and women’s refuges to escape … [Read More] Want to end youth homelessness? This works – The Age

Homelessness: It makes sense to help our youth as quickly as possible – The Age

Extract from an article by Catherine Yeomans We’ve heard much noise from the government about the need for savings as we approach next week’s budget. While the budget should not be solely focused on the expenditure side, there are some clear savings on offer that support rather than harm some of the most vulnerable Australians. Released … [Read More] Homelessness: It makes sense to help our youth as quickly as possible – The Age

The Costs of Youth Homelessness in Australia – Swinburne University of Technology and others (via APO)

SUMMARY Youth Homelessness remains a significant social issue in Australia. When young people are forced to leave home early, they find it very difficult to gain sufficient income to live independently. Family support is crucial for young people during the transition to an independent adulthood and a sustainable livelihood. When family support is weak or … [Read More] The Costs of Youth Homelessness in Australia – Swinburne University of Technology and others (via APO)

Youth homelessness costs community more than $600m a year, study finds – ABC News

Extract from an article by Gloria Kalache Youth homelessness is costing the health and justice systems more than $600 million a year, a new national study has found. Key points: Four-year study followed more than 400 people Homeless use more medical, justice services Cost of homelessness to community is $626 million a year The study was … [Read More] Youth homelessness costs community more than $600m a year, study finds – ABC News

Throwing Out the Rulebook – Brotherhood’s Research & Policy Centre

SUMMARY – Extract This report addresses the question: What can be learned from the collaborative effort of government, community and other organisations in the initial developmental phase of an innovative model—Education First Youth Foyers—to address homelessness among young people? It covers the initial planning and development stage of the Education First Youth Foyer (EFYF) model, … [Read More] Throwing Out the Rulebook – Brotherhood’s Research & Policy Centre

Update: Research and Policy Centre Newsletter – Brotherhood of St Laurence

Much of the Brotherhood’s research aims to contribute to better services or better policy for Australians experiencing disadvantage. This month’s edition of Update features reports about collaboration to devise a new service model for homeless young people and about building sound research evidence about the effectiveness of services. Also, our analysis of youth unemployment ‘hotspots’ has drawn … [Read More] Update: Research and Policy Centre Newsletter – Brotherhood of St Laurence

Brotherhood’s ‘My Chance, Our Future Campaign’: 20 youth unemployment hotspots revealed – Youth Unemployment Monitor March 2016

Welcome to the My Chance, Our Future Campaign – and the first Youth Unemployment Monitor for 2016. This regular publication provides data, stories and other insights to spotlight youth unemployment in Australia. We saw a compelling need for this resource two years ago as youth unemployment soared to record levels after the Global Financial Crisis. … [Read More] Brotherhood’s ‘My Chance, Our Future Campaign’: 20 youth unemployment hotspots revealed – Youth Unemployment Monitor March 2016

Learning in a rich country: the normalisation of homelessness among apprentices in Australia – Journal of Youth Studies

ABSTRACT This paper documents evidence of a ‘normalisation’ of the risk of homelessness experienced by apprentices and trainees in Australia. It draws on a bespoke survey of past and current learners in its Southern state, group and one-to-one interviews with apprentices and trainees, and a review of a government support programme, conducted in 2012 and … [Read More] Learning in a rich country: the normalisation of homelessness among apprentices in Australia – Journal of Youth Studies

Brotherhood-RPC: Lifting the quality of ‘evidence’ for the youth foyer model – Power to Persuade

Evidence-based policy only works if the evidence base itself is robust enough to inform decisions. Joseph Borlagdan, Iris Levin  and Shelley Mallett of the Brotherhood of St Laurence started their review for ANZSOG’s Evidence Base journal aiming to evaluate the evidence for the effectiveness of the youth foyer model. But after their literature search revealed an overall lack of … [Read More] Brotherhood-RPC: Lifting the quality of ‘evidence’ for the youth foyer model – Power to Persuade

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