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What works to improve young children’s social, emotional and behavioural wellbeing?

Children, Evidence Review, Health and Wellbeing, Intervention programs

Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) and Emerging Minds have released this rapid evidence review identifying prevention and early intervention programs that effectively improve the social, emotional and behavioural health of children under 5 years of age at risk of poor outcomes. The review found that parenting programs are promising due to their ability to address multiple risk factors and their likely capacity to be delivered flexibly according to the needs and preferences of families and practitioners. The findings provide guidance for practitioners regarding which programs are most effective to address different types of risk factors.

Young people with acquired brain injury: Preventing entrenchment in the criminal justice system

Health and Wellbeing, Young People, Youth Justice

AIC has released this paper investigating whether young people with acquired brain injury (ABI) are overrepresented in the criminal justice system and looking at how the system responds to their needs. The study found that young people with ABI are very likely to be overrepresented, however the true extent is unclear due to low levels of diagnosis and identification. Further findings and proposals are detailed in the report.

The inclusion of LGBTQI+ students across education systems: An overview

Education, Health and Wellbeing, LGBTIQ+, Policy, Student Wellbeing, Young People

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released this report seeking to understand the challenges experienced by LGBTQI+ students and examining supportive educational policies and programs across OECD countries. This report had many findings and also identified seven practices that contribute to the wellbeing of LGBTQI+ students.

Starting unequal: How’s life for disadvantaged children?

Children, Disadvantaged Communities, Health and Wellbeing, low income, Young People

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released this paper examining how the wellbeing of children from disadvantaged backgrounds compares to their peers from more advantaged backgrounds, and relative to OECD countries. The study uses key comparative indicators to highlight how children from low SES backgrounds face poorer outcomes across many of the aspects of wellbeing. Outcomes are detailed in the report.

Measuring what matters: Drawing on a participatory wellbeing framework and existing data to assess child wellbeing outcomes over time

Children, Health and Wellbeing, low income, Poverty, Young People

This article from the Centre for Social Research and Methods illustrates the effect of applying a wellbeing participatory framework – focused on key areas that children indicate as having value to themselves – to an existing dataset on child wellbeing. Results showed some areas of concern for children and young people in Australia and details how policies should be changed as a result.

Clusters of COVID-19 impact: Identifying the impact of COVID-19 on young Australians in 2021

Adolescents, COVID-19, Education, Health and Wellbeing, Housing, Mental Health, Policy, Recommendations

This collaborative piece by Orygen and Mission Australia presents the findings of a 2021 survey of Australians aged 15 to 19 years. The study identifies aspects of their lives that were most negatively impacted by lockdowns and the groups who were most affected by COVID-19 and associated lockdowns. The study also makes recommendations for policy and practice.

‘Mental health shapes my life’: COVID-19 and kids’ wellbeing 2022

Children, COVID-19, Health and Wellbeing, Mental Health, Young People

In 2022, the Australian Human Rights Commission surveyed 4,559 children aged 9-17 and 2,796 parents and guardians across Australia to better understand the challenges that COVID-19 have posed to children’s wellbeing and mental health. Key findings are detailed in the report which also makes eight further recommendations.

‘Mental health shapes my life’: COVID-19 and kids’ wellbeing 2022

Children & Young People, Client Voice, Health and Wellbeing

This Australian Human Rights Commission report gathered survey data from children, young people and carers and their experiences of COVID-19 and impact on their health and mental well-being; and offers recommendations for policy responses.

Child protection contact among children of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds: A South Australian linked data study

Children and Young People, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD), Health and Wellbeing

This Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health study provides valuable insights for practitioners in child and family services. It examines child protection contact among culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) children in South Australia and reveals a higher likelihood compared to non-CALD children. Practitioners can benefit from this research as it emphasises the importance of targeting support within the child protection system to address the specific challenges that CALD children and their families face.