||At a meeting on 6th April 2016, the Community Development and Justice Standing Committee resolved to inquire into and report on
Building Resilience and Engagement for At-Risk Youth Through Sport and Culture, The Inquiry will examine:
1. What works
2. Gaps in service delivery
3. Differences in metropolitan and regional access to programs
4. Challenges related to being Indigenous, female or from a culturally and linguistically diverse community
The Committee has agreed to the following definitions for terms used in this inquiry:
Youth – includes children aged 10 to 18 (consistent with the Department for Child Protection and Family Support’s At Risk Youth Strategy 2015-2018).
At risk – refers to young people at heightened risk of:
· engaging in negative or dangerous behaviours, such as truancy, self-harm, anti-social behaviour, drug/alcohol abuse, juvenile offending, and disengaging from education, training or employment;
· displaying poor social and communication skills, low self-esteem, emotional instability, suicidal intent;
· being impacted by homelessness, social and/or economic disadvantage, social isolation, family and domestic violence, substance abuse in the home/peer group/community, family transience, unemployment.
These are considered to be behaviours which go beyond expectations of normal adolescent behaviour and experimentation.
(Definition drawn from Department for Child Protection and Family Support’s At Risk Youth Strategy 2015-2018, Department of Sport and Recreation Youth Engagement Scheme grant guidelines, McAtamney, A. and Morgan, A., Key issues in anti-social behaviour, Research in Practice No. 5, Australian Institute of Criminology, 2009.)
Sport – sport and recreational activities, including traditional competitive sport and social sport or physical recreation. The focus on engagement in this inquiry implies that the activities are organised in some way and involve others.
Culture – refers to a cultural activity (e.g. participating in arts activities related to music, dance, theatre, visual arts, literature) and also to a group’s identity (e.g. customs, traditions and values). The two definitions also overlap.
Engagement – for sport, engagement is concerned with participation, but not attendance at sports events (spectating); for culture, engagement includes attendance at cultural events/sites (e.g. festivals, museums).