Working with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds: Applying the National Youth Settlement Framework in mainstream services

Working with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds: Applying the National Youth Settlement Framework in mainstream services

Andrew Cummings and Sally Thompson

This webinar discussed recent developments with the National Youth Settlement Framework and how it can be applied to mainstream youth services.

A group of multicultural children

This webinar was held on 28 November 2018.

A full recording of this webinar is available on our YouTube Channel.

The audio, transcript and presentation slides are available under Event Resources on this page.

A list of resources related to this topic is available on our post-webinar forum.

With one in five young Australians aged 12–24 years born overseas according to 2016 Census data, young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds are a large part of our community. They can also face unique challenges in building a new life in Australia.

The National Youth Settlement Framework was launched by Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) Australia in 2015. The framework provides a basis for planning, delivering and evaluating programs and activities that have been designed help newly arrived young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to settle well in Australia.

This webinar built upon previous webinars hosted with MYAN to focus on recent developments with the National Youth Settlement Framework and how it can be applied in mainstream services. The webinar examined newly developed assessment guides designed to support the planning and evaluation of programs and activities for young people, as well as the launch of a new resource focusing on the participation of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, which is one of the Good Practice Capabilities outlined in the framework. The webinar also shared the experiences of a recent collaboration facilitated by Multicultural Youth Tasmania to embed the framework within a mainstream youth-focused program.

This webinar was presented in collaboration with the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network, Australia.

About the presenters

Andrew Cummings

Andrew Cummings is the Acting National Coordinator of MYAN Australia and a freelance trainer, writer and consultant who has worked in the community sector for over 30 years. His areas of specialisation include working with young people and working with refugee and migrant communities. Andrew’s previous roles include being Secretary General of the European Confederation of Youth Clubs; Executive Officer of the Settlement Council of Australia; Executive Director of the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition; and Executive Officer of the Multicultural Youth Affairs Network of NSW.

Andrew has written extensively on youth issues, with over 40 published works including text books, training manuals and resource kits published by organisations in Australia, UK, Canada, Belgium and Denmark. He has also developed a wide range of training programs on youth issues, delivering these to over 3,000 youth and community workers and more than 1,000 young people.

Sally Thompson

Sally Thompson is Team Leader of the Multicultural Youth Tasmania (MyT) program, the Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania and the MYAN State and Territory Advisory Network for Tasmania. She has worked on the youth settlement program for the Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania since 2014 and has a background in international and community development. 

Sally co-facilitates training on the National Youth Settlement Framework in Tasmania, which is delivered by MYAN Tasmania hosted through the Multicultural Youth Tasmania program. She is experienced in the practical application of the National Youth Settlement Framework to support youth settlement.