INTRODUCTION – Extract
The MYAN (Australia) is currently undertaking Stage 1 consultations on its draft Youth Settlement Framework. This Brief has been developed to provide the context and overview of the Framework and the key areas for consultation in Stage 1. Consultations will occur in two stages – Stage 1, with the settlement and multicultural youth sectors, and young people; and Stage 2, with the broader youth sector and government.
The draft Framework has been developed by MYAN (Australia) in consultation with the government and non-government sectors around Australia. The MYAN’s Strategic Advisory Group has provided particular guidance in its development and will oversee its finalisation and implementation.
The MYAN (Australia) is the nationally recognised policy and advocacy body on multicultural youth. Auspiced by the Centre for Multicultural Youth, the MYAN works in partnership with government and non-government agencies at the state and national levels to ensure that the particular needs of multicultural young people are recognised, and to support a coherent and consistent approach to addressing these needs in policy and service delivery.
The need for a youth settlement framework or strategy to guide service planning and delivery across the settlement and broader youth and welfare sectors, has been identified over many years1.
20, 676 young people aged between 12-24 arrived in Australia through the Humanitarian Programme between 2008 and 20132, comprising approximately one-third of the total arrivals. More broadly, according to the 2011 census, 11% of Australia’s 3.7 million young people (aged 12-24) have arrived in Australia as refugees or migrants…
Young people experience settlement in ways distinct from adults and face unique settlement challenges, due to their age, developmental stage and position within the family. The particular issues and needs of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds are often overlooked by policy makers and service providers, as this group of young people are often viewed as a sub-group within the broader mainstream youth population and/or the multicultural population.
SOURCE: Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (Australia) “Youth Settlement Framework Consultation Brief.” MYAN February 2014
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