« Drought Response
Beyond the media spotlight, the drought is continuing...
Our 2018 consultations with primary and high school students and their communities in north western NSW about living with drought proved ground-breaking.
Children and young people have become a vital and necessary part of the workforce for many families trying to stay afloat. As such, they want to be included and be part of solutions and responses.
The chief purpose of this report was to encourage government stakeholders to listen to and consult with these children and young people who are living with drought, and in doing so, to protect them and take action to strengthen the broader drought response.
- Young people are struggling under significant pressures and are not receiving the support they need to alleviate some of the worst effects of the drought.
- Children feel they have had to grow up up prematurely. Many described the reality of having responsibilities beyond what is reasonable for their age.
- Workloads for children on and off farms have increased substantially, leaving little time for schoolwork and almost no time for play, sport or other recreational activities.
- The longer the drought progresses, the more diminished children and young people's coping reserves become.
- While a number of measures exist to support relief for families, there are few child and youth specific interventions.