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1 Building the Scaffolding: key findings and recommendations

2 Of the community sector organisations: o 13% provided services/programs only to young people o 9% had one or two services or programs provided to young people o 39% provided three or more services or programs to young people Voices from the sector In March 2012 – an online survey was sent through YACVic and VCOSS networks.  213 survey respondents  operating across every local government area in Victoria o 61% were community sector organisations o 12% were local government services o 15% were state or federal government services.

3 Services still commonly rely on multiple funding agreements 74 respondents had between 1 and 3 funding agreements 35 reported having 4 or 5 14 reported not having entered into any funding agreements

4 DIVERSITY Some respondents provided specific services to young people from CALD backgrounds, Aboriginal young people, and same sex attracted young people (n=167) o 34% provided specific services to young people from CALD backgrounds o 29% provided specific services to Aboriginal young people o 20% provided specific services to same sex attracted young people

5 Of 167 respondents: o65% provided drop-in services o56% provided program based services o56% provided school based services o77% indicated their services were only available during business hours o53% indicated there was demand for services to be provided at different times, most notably out of hours and weekends

6 o Youth participation activities (35%) o Employment/training (35%) o Drug and alcohol (35% ) o Generalist youth work (33%) o Family relationships (33%) o Literacy (30%) o Disability (30%) Critical service gaps Service areas in which 30 per cent or more respondents reported critical gaps (n=154 respondents): o Crisis accommodation (61%) o Transitional housing and support (52%) o Mental health (52%) o Education (40%) o Living skills (38%) o Emergency relief/material support (38%)

7 What do these service gaps mean for young people? o Young people have to travel to access services o Young people can be ‘put off’ accessing support o Issues escalate o Young people experience social isolation and boredom o Young people’s health and wellbeing can suffer o Some young people disengage from education, training or employment o Increased family stress

8 Five key elements are critical to building a strong service system: Ensuring support across the life course Early intervention at every age and stage Services working collaboratively Accessible and inclusive services Outcomes focused services

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