Working with young people

Better Together: A practical guide to effective engagement with young people (PDF 2.7 MB)

A key theme of the 2015 strategy, It Starts with YOUth, was the commitment and investment by Government to develop a new framework for effective engagement with young people.

During 2015, the Minister for Youth connected with hundreds of young people through social media, the YourSAy website and face to face at youth forums held across South Australia.  Engagement with young people is an ongoing commitment by Government, underpinned by the belief that engaging young people in the decisions that affect them results in better decision making and better outcomes for all.

The South Australian Government, in collaboration with the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia and young people, produced Better Together: A Practical Guide to Effective Engagement with Young People. This resource is a starting point for engagement with young people in decision making processes and includes practical tools and tips to plan and undertake successful consultations and engagement.

Better Together website.

More key resources that provide guidelines for working with young people

Good practice guidelines for supporting young people who are homeless (PDF 1.4 MB)

The guidelines aim to reflect the diverse range of needs and backgrounds of young people who are homeless and support responses appropriate to their needs.

Youth Development – a positive approach (PDF 762.5 KB)

Positive youth development is focused on what is needed for young people to grow into constructive, autonomous individuals with a high level of well-being.   This handbook outlines a number of program values and characteristics that reflect a positive approach to youth development. It also provides examples of putting a positive approach into practice.

Working with Vulnerable Youth - key concepts and principles (PDF 929.8 KB)

For young people, the period between 12 and 25 is a critical time during which they experience significant physical, mental and emotional changes.  While most young people manage the transition from childhood, through adolescence to adulthood successfully, a minority do not.  This document identifies key concepts and principles relevant to understanding and working with vulnerable young people.