Slide outline: Good practice when working with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds

CFCA webinar - 13 May 2015

  1. Good practice with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds
    • Nadine Liddy, National Coordinator Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (Australia)
    • Heather Stewart, Regional Service s Coordinator, South-East Centre for Multicultural Youth
    • Please note the views expressed in this presentation are those of the presenters and may not reflect those of the Australian Institute of Family Studies or the Australian Government.
  2. The MYAN
    • National peak body representing multicultural youth issues
    • Works in partnership with young people, government and non-government agencies at the state/territory and national levels
    • State/territory networks – MYAN QLD, MYAN NSW, MYAN WA, MYAN TAS, MYAN ACT
  3. The MYAN
    • Promote the unique needs and issues facing young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds
    • Support a coherent and consistent approach to addressing these needs in policy and service delivery – policy and sector development
    • Support young people to develop leadership and advocacy skills – FUSE event, national Youth Advisory Group
  4. Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY)
    • Victorian not-for-profit organisation
    • Supports young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to build better lives in Australia
    • Works to ensure that young people have every opportunity  to succeed
    • Specialist support services, training and consultancy, knowledge sharing and advocacy work
  5. Young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds
    • 25% of Australia’s young people (aged 12-24) are from a CALD background
    • 20% of all migrants between 2008 and 2014
    • Approximately one-third of Humanitarian entrants between 2008 – 2014
    • Particular needs and circumstances - sub-group within the broader mainstream youth population and/or the multicultural population
  6. Image of CALD adolescents participating in a collaborative task.
  7. Image of CALD adolecents in FUSE tshirts.
  8. National Youth Settlement Framework - rationale
    • Young people experience settlement in ways distinct from adults - age, developmental stage and position within the family
    • Often ‘fall through gaps’ - broader settlement or mainstream youth service system
    • Importance of a targeted approach - address needs & support sustained participation and engagement Australian society
  9. National Youth Settlement Framework – key principles
    • Particular settlement needs of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds – adolescence, refugee/migration experience, settlement
    • Good settlement outcomes - targeted approach in service planning and delivery to ensure that barriers are overcome and needs are met
    • Good settlement outcomes for young people - responsibility of all services
  10. National Youth Settlement Framework – purpose & scope
    • Conceptual framework for those developing policy and services  
    • Guidance on good practice – supported by practical resources
    • Inform policy/program development & service delivery across government and the non-government sectors
    • All areas of young people’s engagement with services to support their settlement in Australia
  11. National Youth Settlement Framework – good settlement outcomes
    • Active citizenship  
    • Dimensions – Social, Economic, Civic Participation & Personal Well-Being
    • Set of indicators in each dimension
    • Good practice principles – service delivery level
  12. Image of happy CALD youth at FUSE event.
  13. National Youth Settlement Framework – good practice principles
    • Cultural competency
    • Youth centred and strengths-based
    • Youth development and participation
    • Trauma informed 
    • Family-aware 
    • Flexibility and responsiveness
    • Collaboration
    • Advocacy
  14. Recognising strengths
    • Despite the immense challenges of the refugee & asylum seeking experience, young people settle in Australia with a range of resources and strengths. They have survived, adapted, been strong, resourceful, responsible, and resilient. They often have broad international knowledge, multilingual skills, an awareness of many cultures and communities and often a strong desire to achieve educationally and/or work.
    • Adapted from CMY
  15. Image of CALD youth participating in a lecture.
  16. Contacts
    • Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network Nadine Liddy (National Coordinator) email,,
    • Heather Stewart Centre for Multicultural Youth email,,
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