Author: Anglicare Australia
Year: October 2014
There isn’t a lot going well for young people trapped on the margins of our largely comfortable and happy society. A ream of analysis and opinion predicts poor health, employment, education and other life outcomes because of their circumstances. And this year’s political climate—which is suggesting that the social safety net should be available only to those who behave as directed and successfully negotiate the tasks they are set—implies that they get what they deserve.
Our view across the Anglicare network is a fundamentally different one, reflecting the Anglican heart of our services. It is that everybody has value, can be an active part of society and needs the opportunity to realise their potential. And this especially applies to young people who lack the family support most of us can take for granted.