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14 Feb 18 Completed

This report is a product of both the formative and process evaluation phases of the seven Youth Development Programmes. Following the perceived success of 14 original Police Youth at Risk programmes, the 2000/01 Police budget included funding for the establishment of five new Youth Development Programmes. In addition, the Police and the Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) jointly funded a further two programmes.

14 Feb 18 Completed

The Government’s 1994 crime prevention strategy identified seven goals, one of which specified the establishment of preventative programmes targeted at “youth at risk” of offending. As a result, the 1997 Crime Prevention Youth at Risk (CPYAR) package, dedicated to the three fiscal years beginning July 1997, invested $8.7 million in Youth at Risk strategies, with funding allocated to 14 programmes throughout New Zealand.

13 Feb 18 Completed

The Children’s Commissioner and the School Trustees Association have a shared interest in ensuring the National Education and Learning Priorities are grounded in the needs and lived experiences of all tamariki and rangatahi in Aotearoa. During October and November 2017, they engaged with 1,678 children and young people face to face and through online surveys to hear their views on education. They did this to help ensure children and young people’s voices contribute to the development of National Education and Learning Priorities that will be introduced for the first time in 2018.

13 Feb 18 Completed

This research project explored reoffending paterns for youth undertaking Police Alternative Action. It describes changes in the reoffending outcomes observed in 17,317 cases (involving 14,605 distinct children and young people), where Alternative Action was undertaken in the 2010/11 to 2013/14 fiscal years. Reoffending was examined in detail for the 12 month period after Alternative Action was initiated. A brief examination was also made of reoffending in the two year.

4 Dec 17 Completed

This qualitative research study presents young  New Zealanders’ experiences of digital harm in their own words.

The research aims to better understand young people’s online behaviour and experiences of digital harm, provide a gendered understanding of digital harm, and identifies promising directions for providers to prevent and reduce digital harm, for parents and providers, schools and government.

29 Sep 17 Completed

This working paper describes a series of recent “student voice” projects undertaken by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER). Although these projects varied in terms of their specific contexts and processes, each sought to elicit young people’s perspectives (about learning, education and/or other aspects of their lives), and support the young people to represent their perspectives and insights in forums that included adults, such as teachers, parents, policymakers or others who work with youth.

6 Sep 17 Completed

Pathways and Prospects is a 4-year study of young people's pathway and career experiences and perspectives after leaving school and entering study/training and the workforce.

This report analyses two years worth of in-depth interviews with 114 young people in employment, the army, apprenticeship, university, and youth training.

It focuses on how they make career choices in relation to the different dimensions of security and exploration in their outlooks.

30 Aug 17 Commissioned

Travellers is an early intervention programme run by Skylight for students (generally in Year 9) in New Zealand secondary schools.In order to build on existing studies on Travellers, Skylight commissioned the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) to conduct an external evaluation that explored the short- and medium-term outcomes for the young people who took part in this programme in 2008 or 2009. This study began in April 2011 and finished in January 2012. The overarching evaluation questions were:

16 Aug 17 Completed

Not all suicide is the same and youth suicide often has different drivers to suicide at later ages. Further while much is spoken and argued about its prevention, it remains a complex and contentious area with much advocacy for unproven interventions. This disccusion paper makes the point that youth suicide is more than simply a mental health issue and that, with what we know at present, the focus must also include an emphasis on primary prevention starting from very early in life.

26 Jul 17 Completed

This is part of a series of in-depth reports from the Survey of Adult Skills. This report covers key findings on how New Zealand youth (aged 16 to 24) compare internationally and what factors are associated with higher youth skills.

10 May 17 Completed

Teen Parent Units (TPUs) aim to improve access to schooling and to promote positive educational outcomes for teenagers who are pregnant or parents. They also provide wrap-around support, early childhood education for children, and links with health and social services.

Existing evidence and ERO reports suggest that students value the services and support they receive through the units, and that most TPUs provide supports that would be expected to lead to better educational, social, and health outcomes.

4 May 17 Completed

Adolescence can be a period of high vulnerability for young people. To support their resilience and wellbeing, the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project (YMHP) was launched in 2012 as a package of initiatives to complement existing services. Focus was placed on youth aged 12 to 19 with, or at risk of developing, mild to moderate mental health issues. Below features the 2017 research outputs.

8 Feb 17 Completed

Social Work Now, Issue 19, pages 8-13.

Annette Beautrais, Peter Ellis and Don Smith report on their unique study of suicide risk among youth in contact with Child, Youth and Family.

27 Jan 17 Commissioned

This is the full report of the first stage of a research programme on effective services for students with disabilities, commissioned by the Ministry of Education convened Advisory Reference Group for Students with Physical Disabilities. The report on the scoping project report covers integrated and effective service provision for children and young people with physical disabilities, and outlines a proposal for the next phase of the research.

13 Jan 17 Completed

Fourth annual survey measuring the changes in youth attitudes and behaviour towards risky drinking.

This report presents the results of the ALAC Youth Drinking Monitor for 2001. Interviewing for this survey took place between 26 March and 22 April, 2001. A total sample of 362 Youth aged between 13 and 18 were interviewed. This monitor is the fourth survey in a series commenced in 1997 to evaluate and give direction to ALAC’s drinking campaign for Youth.

6 Jan 17 Completed

A review of research on how to achieve good outcomes for young people in their families, peer groups, schools, careers and communities (published in June 2002 by the Ministry of Youth Affairs).This literature review supports the implementation of the Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa.

19 Dec 16 Completed

In 2012, the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project (YMHP) was established to address concerns about mental health vulnerability in young people.

The YMHP promoted the mental health and wellbeing of young people with or at risk of developing mild to moderate mental health issues. It consisted of 26 initiatives across the Ministries of Health, Education, Social Development and Te Puni Kokiri.

5 Dec 16 Completed

As part of its family dynamics/family effectiveness research programme, the Ministry of Social Development commissioned research in 2000 to explore the views of families, young people and service providers on what constitute ‘good outcomes’ for young people. Good outcomes in this context include outcomes in the areas of education, employment, financial independence, living circumstances, relationships, interests and community involvement, qualities and values.

26 Oct 16 Commissioned

This report presents the results of the ALAC Youth Drinking Monitor for 2002. This monitor is the fifth survey in a series commenced in 1997 to evaluate and give direction to ALAC’s strategy for Youth.

Interviewing for this survey took place between 9 April and 30 May, 2002. A total sample of 359 Youth aged between 13 and 18 were interviewed. As for previous monitors, the sample was evenly divided between Mäori and non-Mäori, to allow for the examination of results by ethnicity.