One of the ways that the Youth Coalition aims to achieve its objectives is through pro-actively engaging in the development of policy that affects young people aged 12 – 25, and responding to policy activities such as discussion papers and strategies.
- Developing submissions to inquiries, reviews and consultations
- Developing submissions to draft ACT Government strategies and plans
- Supporting the youth sector to engage in policy activities
- Writing letters to key stakeholders
- Conducting independent research and consultations with our membership and with young people
- Developing media releases
In 2019, the Youth Coalition participated in the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing’s Review of Children and Young People’s Mental Health. This comprehensive community consultation received responses from over 800 people, including over 300 young people. The Youth Coalition endorses the outcomes of the Review, in particular actions to develop a youth mental health navigation portal, and to scope
The Youth Coalition strongly supports raising the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (MACR) to at least 14 years in all circumstances. Young people who enter the criminal justice system often experience compounded forms of disadvantage and should be supported not criminalised. Our position on this issue is underpinned by the notion that offending children and young people should have their
If a child or young person under the age of 16 is homeless in the ACT they are highly vulnerable and at risk of harm, because there are no dedicated accommodation services in the ACT for these children who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.