Hearing from the sector

Three workshops were held in 2016/17, bringing together over 90 representatives from 55 services and organisations. These included: Attorney Generals Department; SA Health; Department for Education and Childhood Development; Department of Child Protection; Department for Communities and Social Inclusion; peak bodies and advocates; the multicultural sector; the women’s sector; the youth sector including youth Specialist Homelessness Services; and Domestic and Aboriginal Family Violence Services.

Framing the workshop series was a moving presentation from a young mother, whose story reinforced the brutal reality of relationship violence and demonstrated the many deficits in our current policy and service responses for young people, especially those less than 18 years of age. Workshop participants shared and refined many ideas over the workshop series.

The resulting set of recommendations has been incorporated into the strategy diagram on page 7, which captures what workshop participants saw as the key priorities for action necessary to improve the safety of young people both now and into the future.

Hearing from young people

Sector workshop participants emphasised the importance of capturing young people’s views and recommendations for a Youth Safety Strategy. Many workshop participants also contributed to developing the youth engagement process. Youth engagement facilitators came from eleven organisations and services with established advisory groups or existing supportive relationships with participating young people.

Facilitators reported that young people were passionate about the importance of the subject and pleased to have an opportunity to contribute ideas. Many said they would have liked more time for discussion and wanted more young people to be involved. The views of young people were compiled in a Youth Engagement report, and their recommendations are reflected in our strategy diagram on page 7.

100 young people participated in the engagement sessions representing the following groups of young people:

  • Youth leaders (advisory groups)
  • Young women with children
  • Those with lived experience
  • Homeless or previously homeless young people
  • Aboriginal young people
  • LGBTIQ young people
  • Those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Students in alternative learning programs
  • High school students
  • Tertiary students


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