4105.0 - Children and Youth News, Feb 2006  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/04/2006   
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The latest Australian Social Trends publication includes a number of articles relevant to children and youth.

People in their 20s; then and now
In 2001, 16% of people in their 20s were partners in a couple with children, compared with at least 40% of people in this age group in 1976.

This article compares Australians in their 20s at the start of the new millennium with those who were in the same age group in the mid-1970s and focuses on changes in their demographic characteristics, living arrangements, family life, and participation in education and work.

Grandparents raising their grandchildren
In 2003, there were 22,500 Australian families in which grandparents were the guardians of their grandchildren (31,100 children aged 0-17 years).

This article presents data from the 2003 Family Characteristics Survey. Characteristics of families were grandparents are the guardians of their grandchildren are presented including data on family type and income. Data on children’s contact with their parents is also presented.

Young people at risk in the transition from education to work
In 2004, 14% of young people aged 15-19 years (193,800 young people) were not engaged in full-time education or full-time employment, or in a combination of part-time education and part-time employment.

This article presents data from the 2004 Survey of Education and Work. Data on educational and work participation (full-time and part-time), along with socio-demographic information is included.


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