Posted:May 2, 2013 Information on Grief and loss
This Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma, Loss and Grief Network resource highlights children's reactions to grief at different ages. It highlights how children will show their grief from an early age, but it is likely to be in ways that are different to adults. Children may move in and out of their grief; one day they will seem to be coping well and other days will not be so good. Grief affects children and adolescents in different ways and how it affects them depends on many factors, including their age, family situation, who has died and how unexpected the loss has been. To view this resource, go to http://www.earlytraumagrief.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/ACATLGN_grief_and_loss.pdf Posted:Apr 11, 2013 Using technologies safely and effectively to promote young people's wellbeing: A Better Practice Guide for Services
The Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre's new Better Practice Guide provides an evidence base to help health professionals and youth organisations to use technologies to engage with young people in promoting their mental health and wellbeing. In a project led by the NSW Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health and supported by the University of Sydney's Prometheus Research Group, the Better Practice Guide is an invaluable resource for health service providers to extend their work into online settings where young people feel comfortable. The guide recognises that websites, social networking, text messaging and apps are tools that young people use to connect with information and each other on a daily basis, and identifies effective models and approaches for engaging young people in service design and delivery. A meta-review of Australian and international literature complemented by case studies demonstrating innovative practice, the guide is the outcome of a comprehensive process of consultation with young people and service providers. To view online or to download this resource, go to. http://www.youngandwellcrc.org.au/news/article/228?utm_source=Young%20and%20Well%20CRC.
Posted:Apr 4, 2013 Thinking Outside: Alternative to Remand for Children
The "Thinking Outside: alternatives to remand for children" report is the result of 12 months' research by Jesuit Social Services which was funded by a grant from the Legal Services Board Grants Program. The impetus for this research came from concern about recent sharp increases in unsentenced detention among Victorian children and our awareness of the highly vulnerable personal and socio-economic backgrounds of many of the children subject to remand. This increase in unsentenced detention has occurred despite Victoria?s low remand rates compared with other Australian jurisdictions. This report outlines the findings of the research and presents 'proposals for action' for an improved response to children who encounter the justice system. It also documents the collection and analyses of primary data and includes a cohort of children involved with youth justice who are also known to child protection. It highlights the uncertain boundary that frequently separates the two spheres, the patterns of disadvantage defining the remand population, especially its youngest members, and children who have multiple remand experiences. Our data collection demonstrates the over-representation of Aboriginal children, an increase in violent offences leading to the use of remand, and a lack of explicit legislative support for approaches based on diversion. To view this report, go to http://www.jss.org.au/files/Thinking_Outside_Research_long_Report_FINAL.pdf.