Policy and Submissions
Yfoundations develops evidence-based policy positions and submissions, and makes representations to Parliament, parliamentary inquiries and departmental reviews. These have included:
- National Housing and Homelessness Agreement (NHHA) Review Submission to the Productivity Commission
- Uluru Statement from the Heart
- National Strategy to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Final Development Consultation Paper
- Inquiry into Child Protection and Social Services System
- Inquiry on the High Levels of First Nations People in Custody Oversight and Review of Deaths in Custody
- Pre-Budget Submission 2022–2023
- Submission to the NSW Housing Strategy Implementation Unit
- Inquiry into SHS Intake Policies and Practice Regarding Clients with High and/or Complex Needs.
In preparing our submissions, we consult with with leaders in the youth homelessness sector, specialist homelessness services (SHS) workers and young people with a lived experience of homelessness.
We also work with other organisations and peak bodies to produce joint statements and submissions relevant to child and youth homelessness.
Our youth justice research report, Young, in trouble and with nowhere to go: Homeless adolescents’ pathways into and out of detention in NSW expands on our earlier research to explore the pathways that homeless adolescents, both sentenced and unsentenced, take into and out of detention in NSW. Our report is informed by consultations with over 144 stakeholders across support services about the challenges faced by young people experiencing homelessness when they encounter the youth justice system.
Our research shows young people face several challenges when leaving detention, which often results in a perpetuating cycle of disadvantage. The report offers six key recommendations to break this cycle.
Find out more about the report, read the Executive Summary and our Q&A, and check out our podcast.
Yfoundations also participates in research reference groups to provide expertise and input on the particular experiences and needs of children and young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. One example is the Shelter NSW Severe Overcrowding Research Project for which we provided input on severe overcrowding among young people, particularly students.
Our ‘Research Bites’ summarise key research reports of interest to the sector. These include:
- Evaluating the Premier’s Youth Initiative
- Responses to Homelessness
Visit our Resources hub to access and download our policy papers, submissions, research, articles, factsheets, research bites and other output.