yRed Newsletter December 2018
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Voices from our Community

Recently Youthsafe staff and board came together for a one-day planning workshop to develop ‘ideas for innovation’.  To help inspire discussion, we spoke to a range of stakeholders to capture their views and also sent out a survey to young people and adults in a role of key influence.

Youthsafe is very grateful to all the people who took the time to complete the survey and share what challenges and exciting opportunities they think young people face now, as well as in the future.  We received 388 responses from young people and 146 from older stakeholders – totalling 534 surveys submitted.

We would also like to thank Jennie Hill of Sharp Pencils for her energy and expert facilitation on the innovation workshop day.

In this edition of yRed, we thought we would share with you some of the big issues that young people, as well as those who engage with young people, think should be addressed.

Youth Survey Results Overview
Just over 97% of young people who responded were in the 15-25 year age group, which is a key target group for Youthsafe’s programs. Most of the respondents (69%) were students and the rest (31%) were in a traineeship or apprenticeship.   49 of the 266 student respondents said they had a casual job. 
69% of young people surveyed thought their health, well-being and safety challenges were different to other age groups. The top five challenges identified were:
  • Friends/peer pressure

  • Inexperience/development

  • Alcohol and other drugs

  • Anxiety/stress/pressure

  • Mental health/depression

When asked what young people want the wider community to do to help them manage these challenges, some key themes emerged:

Understanding & Acceptance
Looking at the root causes of risky and unsafe behaviour was also highlighted, with one respondent stating that we should focus on ‘what causes young people turn to unhealthy activities – rather than just the issues themselves.’

“Be considerate and understanding towards young people during a difficult time of change.”

“Diagnose problems better – i.e. find the root of the cause behind the problem.”

Support & Acknowledgement
“Being heard is half the issue.”

“More help and support – don’t judge the situation.”

Communication & Connection
“Give them someone to talk to.”

“Ask how they are doing.”

Access to services & community
“A lot of essential services that are needed to keep youth healthy, both mentally and physically are hidden behind an unwilling medical system or a pay wall making seeking needed help difficult or impossible.”

Role models & setting examples
Young people said they wanted adults to ‘try and see things from our perspective. Rather than just focusing on what young people should do, there was the view that we ‘need to develop a culture of safety for all ages.’

“Demonstrate a safe culture – encourage safety no matter what age group.”

“Providing opportunities for young people to see and connect with positive role models – you can’t be what you can’t see – let’s really step up and provide mentors for young people in schools, at home and in the wider community.”

We asked young people if they thought that in the future the world will become less challenging, more challenging or stay the same for young people in terms of their health, well-being or safety. Over half of the respondents said ‘more challenging’ (see chart below). 
Above: Young people's response to the question Looking into the future, do you think the world will become less challenging, more challenging or stay the same for young people in terms of health, wellbeing or safety?

Young people thought that ‘changes always mean new problems’ and the impact of technology will increase challenges. Financial pressures impacting housing, employment and debt are also thought to increase future challenges.
Adult Influencers’ Survey Results Overview

71% of respondents were aged between 41 and 64, with 40% of all respondents identifying as professionals related to providing services to young people, and 30% identifying as a parent.
The top five challenges facing young people today, according to the adults in their lives are:
  • Alcohol & other drugs
  • Mental health
  • Employment & financial security
  • Technology
  • Homelessness & housing
To address these challenges respondents identified the following focus areas:
  • support and education around social media;
  • education and peer support/mentoring services for mental health and wellbeing;
  • building resilience and self-efficacy;
  • programs around harm minimisation;
  • encouraging physical activity; and
  • more widespread whole-of-community involvement to support young people.
“Provide more sanctioned opportunities for risk-taking and learning from these experiences.”
When asked about what the wider community could do to support young people, many identified reform to educational opportunities and vocational pathways as well as supporting young people in affordable accommodation as key strategies.
 “Educate adults in positions of influence with young people, especially parents, about how to better support them during adolescence, particularly focusing on their specific stage of physical, mental and emotional development.”

It was encouraging to see a number of respondents identifying that young people alone can’t tackle the issues they face, but that the entire community needs “…to take an active role in supporting young people achieve positive health, safety and well-being goals.”

Prevention and early intervention was another key point identified as being essential to addressing any health or safety issue for young people: “Risk prevention is crucial and is incredibly cost-effective. If people's health concerns were prevented or addressed sooner, the personal and societal costs would be vastly prevented. There would be a cumulative impact of less strain and more well-being within the community at large.”  

Youthsafe was able to use the captured ideas to inform innovation planning to help with future initiatives.



The wait is over! Youthsafe’s portal for Learner Driver Mentor Programs (LDMPs) is open, providing you with information to help develop a program suited to your community.

An updated version of Youthsafe’s ‘how-to’ Guide to developing a LDMP can be downloaded free of charge via the portal. There are also sample policies, procedures and case studies for free download.
The portal also includes a discussion board to connect you with others who are running similar programs, ask questions, as well as facilitate information and resource sharing.

You can access the portal here.

This portal was developed in consultation with a range of LDMP operators and managers across NSW – we thank you for your input and advice.  The project was funded by Transport for NSW’s Community Road Safety Grant program. 
Visit the portal
NEW LDMP guide to enhance
or develop your program.
Share, discover, collaborate on our
dedicated LDMP forum.

New LDMP Project

To continue our work supporting Learner Driver Mentor Programs, Youthsafe has received further funding through the Community Road Safety Grants to support the needs of young road users through the Driver Licensing Access Program (DLAP). DLAP assists Aboriginal and other disadvantaged people to obtain and retain their driver licence and remain safe and legal drivers.

We will work closely with DLAP service providers to support pre-learners, learners and novice drivers as well as volunteer mentors with relevant Youthsafe programs, workshops and resources.

Recent LDMP Training

Education Coordinator Emma Treanor has been seeing even more of NSW thanks to her facilitation of LDMP Volunteer Mentor Workshops in Moss Vale (26 September) and Armidale (3 November).

The volunteers trained at Moss Vale will be part of a fairly new program run by Wingecarribee Volunteer Centre. This program has already clocked up more than 1,300kms in the program car, and one participant now has her P1 licence. 

The Armidale LDMP has been running for around three years and this latest workshop was our third with the program – Youthsafe thanks Jobs Australia Armidale for their continued support and belief in our training, designed specifically for volunteer mentors.

If you’d like to know more about the training we offer, please contact Emma on
Wingecaribee, 26 September, 2018
Armidale, 3 November, 2018

Other presentations

In October, presenter Hamish Murray spoke to over 200 young electrical apprentices about minimising risk and managing safety in the workplace for electrogroup.  Hamish’s presentation was part of the “Bright Futures Industry Information Day”, for young workers who are about to complete their apprenticeship.
Michaela spoke to parents of students at Rosebank College Five Dock about young people and risk at their September P&F Meeting, with a focus on what parents can do to support their teenager at various life stages.  More information about this session is available here
Our Steering Young Drivers session for pre-learners, learners and novice young drivers and their families has been successfully delivered at Knox Grammar and Kambala Girls School.
If you’d like Youthsafe to come to speak to your school or community group about young people, risk and safety in a range of settings, please contact us on

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Stay up to date with the latest research or news on young people’s health, safety and wellbeing as well as hear about what Youthsafe has been doing by clicking ‘like on our Facebook page!  We share news stories, research and other interesting tips and facts that can help you help young people stay safe, healthy, happy and well.

Injury Prevention Working Party

CE Warren Johnson has joined the NSW Advocate for Children & Young People’s Injury Prevention Working Party.  This working party consists of professionals and academics working in the field of child and youth injury prevention, safety and well-being.  The aim of the Working Party is to look at the range and scope of injury prevention programs supporting young people in NSW, then identify where resources could be better focused to be most effective.

Youthsafe will update you as the Working Party progresses with its deliberations.

Thanks to our 2018 Supporters

This year Youthsafe has been the grateful recipient of financial and in-kind support from a range of government, corporate and community organisations.  We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters and acknowledge the significant contribution they have made this year to Youthsafe, supporting us to achieve our Mission.

Christmas Dates

Youthsafe will close for a short time over the Christmas/end of year period.  Our last day will be Friday 21 December 2018 and we will re-open on Tuesday 2 January 2019.
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