‘Tell us your story’ is a research project about young people’s experiences of finding and using the support they need, and how policy and services can better meet their needs.

Who is doing it?

The study is being run by a team of researchers at the University of New South Wales. It is funded by the Australian Research Council through a Linkage Grant, and supported by Uniting, Mission Australia, and NSW FACS. The project team are: Jen Skattebol, Myra Hamilton, kylie valentine, Megan Blaxland, Cathy Thomson and Deb Brennan at the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.

What can young people’s stories tell us?

To improve the wellbeing of young people we need to better understand how they access and use support.

This project will find out about the way that young people experience schools, youth services, juvenile justice, homelessness and mental health services and other kinds of services, as well as informal support like family and friends over time.

This evidence will help services to be more responsive to young people’s needs and capacities.

How is the research being done?

This is a longitudinal study that began in mid 2016.

It is collecting life stories from over 40 young people aged 14-26, who have had contact with multiple services.

Two waves of interviews are being conducted 12 months apart.

We follow up with our ‘story-tellers’ a year later to see what has changed.

For more information

Please contact Megan Blaxland.