This project aims to better understand the different ways that young people experience poverty and other forms of social disadvantage. Its focus is on finding out more about how young people in NSW between the ages of 12 and 16 (in school years 7-10) perceive and experience material deprivation (‘missing out’) and social exclusion (‘being left out’). The approach will draw on information provided by young people themselves, about what things they agree everyone should have – things like some pocket money each week to spend on yourself, and an annual holiday with family. These kinds of studies are often conducted on adults, so this is the first time that the approach has been applied to young people themselves in Australia. The results will provide policy makers with better information about the kinds of problems that young people encounter so that they can design better policy responses.
Gill Main (University of Leeds); Anne Hampshire (The Smith Family); Robyn Bale (NSW Department of Education); Ruth Habgood (NSW Advocate for Children and Young People)