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Senator the Hon Chris Ellison Minister for Human Services

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Teens get a helping hand from the Child Support Agency

26 September 2007

Australian teens experiencing family separation have been extended a helping hand with a valuable new resource from the Child Support Agency (CSA).

Family separation - a guide for teens was launched today in Launceston by Senator the Hon Chris Ellison, Minister for Human Services, and the Federal Member for Bass, Michael Ferguson MP.

“Around eleven thousand teenagers are affected by family separation in Australia every year and it’s important that they understand that they are not alone,” Senator Ellison said.

“Teenagers may not want to ask for help because they either don’t feel comfortable talking about their parents’ separation or don’t know who to talk to.

“These new products suggest coping strategies, people they can talk to, and where to go if they need extra support.

“This booklet and website are a first for the CSA, which has traditionally only produced support materials for separated parents.”

Highlights of the booklet and launch in Launceston will be available on YouTube from tomorrow morning.

Family separation: a guide for teens was developed in consultation with more than 20 stakeholders including Kids Help Line, Beyondblue: the national depression initiative and Relationships Australia, and was extensively researched with real families who have experienced separation.

Michael Ferguson said the booklet is an important resource for all young people going through family separation.

“It is such a trying time for everyone involved, but in my experience as a teacher I’ve seen first hand the struggles that teenagers go through when their parents separate,” Mr Ferguson said.

“Teens are often hesitant to ask for help, so this is an anonymous way for them to get the information that they need, with resources they can access if they do need extra support.”

For a copy of CSA’s free booklet for teens, go to the CSA website www.youth.csa.gov.au or phone free call 1800 040 972. People who speak a language other than English can call the telephone interpreting service on 131 450.

For a copy of the booklet and other media material visit the media section at www.csa.gov.au.

View Minister Ellison’s YouTube message at: www.youtube.com.

Media Contact:

Media enquiries for the Minister Michael Barrett - (02) 6277 7200 or 0419 424 359

Media enquiries for Mr Ferguson Tim Robertson - 0407 183 549