To assist youth services to use technology to support young people safely and effectively, the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre has developed a better practice guide for youth service workers, managers and policy makers.
Importantly, the guide outlines the evidence base for dismantling structural barriers to achieving policy and practice change regarding the use of technologies in clinical settings.
For many young people, there are significant barriers to formal help seeking such as stigma and embarrasment, and a preference for self reliance. In many situations, the information communications technology and social media that young people rely upon in their lives can be used to break those barriers and get support, motivation or services into the spaces young people intuitively go to to seek help.
To assist professionals to do this safely and effectively, the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre have released a new Better Practice Guide for using technology in youth services.
The project to develop the guide was led by the NSW Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health, and supported by the University of Sydney's Prometheus research group. The guide was launched via a webinar tutorial that answered professionals' questions on the key difficulties that arise when using technology in youth service delivery.
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Assoc. Professor Jane Burns, CEO of the Young and Well CRC said:
"The Better Practice Guide is an invaluable resource for supporting youth health professionals to develop online services that are safe and engaging for young people - including in clinical settings."
"Importantly, the guide outlines the evidence base for dismantling structural barriers to achieving policy and practice change regarding the use of technologies in clinical settings."
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The guide is available as an online resource.
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