yourtown's advocacy work is focused on improving the lives of disadvantaged young people and their families.

Our work with young people brings with it the responsibility of leveraging our knowledge of their experiences to bring about systemic change.

Reports relating to employment, learning, mental health, family and domestic violence are regularly submitted to government to help shape social reform.

Preventing suicide: The voice of young people

Published: 2016

In 2014, 151 young people in Australia aged between 5 and 19 years died by suicide.  Many organisations and individuals are working hard to develop strategies that will make a difference, but the voices of young people are often missing from the conversation.

In this series of Insights papers we share the views and experiences of young people with lived experience of thinking about, planning and attempting suicide.  Using an online survey, 472 children, adolescents and young adults told us how they got help when they were feeling suicidal, who helped them, which experiences were helpful and which weren’t, and what advice they would like to give to other young people, families, friends, and those who provide services for young people like them. In each paper, we have intentionally privileged young people’s own words, as they provide important learnings about how young people think and feel, and are more powerful than anything we could write.

Insights Parts 1 to 3 present young people’s experiences of seeking and receiving help, and their advice to others. Insights Part 4 summarises and highlights the issues that young people told us are important to them and draws attention to  those issues that we believe warrant increased consideration in the current policy and practice arena.  A fifth paper describes the background and method of the consultation.

Harm to children through exposure to pornography on the internet: Response to senate inquiry

Published: 2016

Pornography consumption makes up approximately 30% of all internet traffic, and whether intentional or accidental, children's exposure to pornography has dramatically increased as a result of the internet. Furthermore, the nature of pornography has been changing; popular mainstream pornography contains aggression and violence (mostly directed towards women) and teaches poor messages about consent. This response to the 2016 Environment and Communications References Committee senate inquiry presents data from Kids Helpline and Parentline summarising our clients' experiences of harm relating to exposure to pornography on the internet and presents our recommendations to government for how to reduce the harm caused by exposure to pornography.

Tackling long-term youth unemployment: Discussion paper

Published: 2016

The incidence of young people in long-term unemployment continues to increase, however, contemporary research and discussion is lacking in detailed strategies and interventions to specifically assist this group. This paper highlights the experiences and issues of young people in long-term unemployment by presenting data trends, reviewing relevant literature, and posing questions to promote discussion and further exploration of this topic.

Preventing Suicide by Young People: Discussion Paper

Published: 2015

Discourse about suicide often fails to recognise the lived experience of young people. This paper aims to: commence a conversation with policy makers, practitioners, researchers, and those with lived experience, and guide consultations to enhance our understanding of the issue, and inform the development of more effective responses to reduce suicidal behaviours.

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