Young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds make up a significant portion of the Canberra community, with almost 14% of young people in the ACT born overseas and over 6,500 young people in Canberra who speak languages other than English at home.[1]

These young people can face many barriers including language, social isolation, racism and discrimination and lack of access to a range of services. This can cause multiple disadvantages and can compound the challenges they may experience as young people.

In order to best meet the needs of cultural groups it is essential that workers have a broad cultural awareness. They need to understand and be responsive to the cultural and linguistic diversity of young people so that their services can be appropriate and inclusive.

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