The ReSPECT Project


Reconceptualising the Service System from the Perspectives of Experienced Children and Teens 

We would love your help identifying young people who might be interested in being part of the ReSPECT team

The ReSPECT Project* is being conducted in South West Sydney by Western Sydney University in collaboration with Macquarie University, University of Melbourne, Uniting, Carers NSW and Winangay. The project looks at how to effectively engage children and young people in discussions around social policy and service reform.

Who can join the ReSPECT team?

We are looking for a group of 16 young people, aged 16-18 years old, who have experience with services in the local area (e.g., health, disability, juvenile justice, FACS, mental health, housing, community services etc.) and who would like to be part of developing ideas and making a difference to how services work with young people. Any young person with service experience in the local area can apply. We strongly encourage Aboriginal and culturally diverse young people to participate.

What will young people be asked to do?

Young people who join the ReSPECT team will:

-Work on a project that will impact how services work with young people in the local area

- Complete a questionnaire and participate in an interview at the beginning of the project and then again at the end of the year

What benefits will young people receive for participating?

Young people will: 

- Develop personal skills, including team building, presentation skills, and service design skills

- Receive a certificate acknowledging their contribution to the project

- Receive a $20 gift card for each session they attend

If a young person is interested in finding out more information, they can contact: 

Dr Rebekah Grace – E : | M: 0421 556 275 

Dr Kelly Baird – E: | M: 0419 028 937 

Rohena Round – E:

Alternatively, young people can complete an EOI form and ask their support worker to pass on their contact details and we will get in touch with them.