The period from 12 to 17 years of age is a critical time for children and young people as they transition from childhood to adolescence and into young adulthood. During this period children and young people experience biologically-driven adolescent development, they continue to increase their independence and further develop their identity and sense of self. For some young people this journey can be challenging and they may experience mental health issues related to this.
Safe and supportive friendships and family relationships are therefore critical and support young people’s resilience and wellbeing. Children and young people in this age group are also engaging with their school and community and starting to consider possible pathways for their future such as further study, work and career options.
In the above table data for each indicator has been categorised as having good data availability when it is available on a regular basis (e.g. annually or biennially), provides some disaggregation by various characteristics and is of consistent quality to enable some form of trend analysis. Positive trends highlights any areas where many of WA’s children and young people are doing well or are improving, while areas of concern outlines key areas which require attention and action.