Young people from refuge and asylum seeker backgrounds have been part of many ACYP consultations and events to speak about with is working well, not so well, and improvements they would like to see in their communities.
In 2018-2019, ACYP in partnership with the Coordinator-General for Refugee Resettlement in NSW and the Joint Party Working Group Refugee Youth Sub Group conducted a series of focus group style consultations with 176 young refugees and asylum seekers. They were aged between 12 and 24 years and resided in the following regions: Greater Sydney, Hunter, North Coast and Illawarra-Shoalhaven.
The purpose of the consultations was to hear from young people what supports and services are working well for young people arriving in NSW and what they think would better help them during the settlement process. These insights were then used to inform the NSW Government’s Refugee Youth Policy Initiative.