One in five young people are disengaged from full-time school or work. They are at risk of social isolation, community disconnection and mental health problems. We know the problem, but we do not know how to address it. This Linkage Project, supported by the Australian Research Council, Department of Education and Training (formerly the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations) and the Foundation for Young Australians, finds out from young people themselves in real time and in real context how we can best support them within their families and communities to remain fully engaged economically and socially. It follows young people, their parents and trusted adults in their lives for three consecutive years, followed by a nationally representative survey of a broader group of young people. Research findings aim to improve the way we as a society support young people to be remain socially and economically engaged and be active contributors as they move from early adolescence to early adulthood.
For further reading:
Muir, K., Jenkins, B. and Craig, L. (2015) Young people on or over the NEET cliff edge. In: te Riele, K. and Gorur, R. (eds) Interrogating Conceptions of ‘Vulnerable Youth’ in Theory, Policy and Practice. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers.