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Better Futures : My Voice : Planning resources

by Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. : Brotherhood of St Laurence, 2020Description: PDFs.Other title: My Voice planning resources.Online Access: MY VOICE Planning Resources - overview | Address Book complimentary July 2019 | Address Book complimentary July 2019 interactive | Connections Tool CORE July 2019 | Connections Tool CORE July 2019 interactive | Deciding Goals complimentary July 2019 | Deciding Goals complimentary July 2019 interactive | Informal Mind Map complimentary July 2019 | Informal Mind Map complimentary July 2019 interactive | Next Steps complimentary July 2019 | Next Steps complimentary July 2019 interactive | Readiness Mind Map complimentary July 2019 | Readiness Mind Map complimentary July 2019 interactive | Reflection Tool complimentary July 2019 | Reflection Tool complimentary July 2019 interactive | Something For Something complimentary July 2019 | Something For Something complimentary July 2019 interactive | The Deal CORE July 2019 | The Deal CORE July 2019 interactive | Vision Tool CORE July 2019 | Vision Tool CORE July 2019 interactive | Where Am I Now CORE July 2019 | Where Am I Now CORE July 2019 interactive | Initial Fit Tool Oct 2019 | Initial Fit Tool Oct 2019 interactive | Initial Readiness Form Oct 2019 | Initial Readiness Form Oct 2019 interactive Notes: Better Futures - My Voice planning resources include: Overview document x 1 ; Core resources x 12 (hard copies x 6, interactive PDF x 6) ; Complimentary resources x 14 (hard copies x 7, interactive PDF x 7) All the My Voice planning resources are attached as a PDF to this catalogue record. Summary: Better Futures My Voice core and complementary planning resources support the Advantaged Thinking approach. My Voice resources capture those key elements from coaching conversations that provide an alternative way to typical case management practices. This approach supports young people to take the driver’s seat when developing, exploring and experimenting with opportunities based on their aspirations and intrinsic motivations. The intention of these resources is to support young people to make plans based on what they want to do and who they want to be. For this reason, we encourage them either to be completed by or co-developed with the young person.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Better Futures [Website]

by Victoria. Department of Health and Human Services.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. : Victoria. Department of Health and Human Services Online Access: Website Notes: Better Futures aims is to engage earlier with care leavers, supporting them to have an active voice in their transition planning, and providing individualised supports both in-care and post-care across a range of life areas including housing, health and wellbeing, education, employment, and community and cultural connections. Better Futures, was previously known as Leaving Care Support Services, post care support, information and referral, Springboard, Aboriginal leaving care support services, and mentoring. Care Services was previously known as out of home care. Better Futures includes: Direct case work support ; Information and advice ; Access to flexible funding. ; We are working alongside the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) to develop a Better Futures (Advantaged Thinking) Practice Framework, which will guide workers to work in an 'Advantaged Thinking way', engaging with young people using a strengths-based approach, recognising and building their talents and aspirations, as well as assisting them to overcome challenges. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Care and transition planning for leaving care : Victorian Practice Framework

by Department of Human Services.

Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. : Victorian Government, 2012Description: [29 p. ] : ill.Online Access: Word document Notes: Department of Human Services now named Department of Health and Human Services.Summary: Young people from 15 years of age who are transitioning from living in out-of-home care to independence are a particularly vulnerable group in our community. They often have to develop independent living skills and manage on their own much earlier than other young people. It is therefore critical that they receive significant planning and support to help them develop the skills to become independent over time. Young people who leave out-of-home care in Victoria do so from the context of their period of time in care, where they have been provided care and support designed to address their particular histories and needs. The transition planning process aims to prepare them for their future and the capacity to live a good life. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Supporting care experienced young people into higher education / Emma J. Colvin and Elizabeth B. Knight,

by Colvin, Emma J | Knight, Elizabeth B.

Publisher: [Albury-Wodonga] : Charles Sturt University, 2021Description: 27 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: This project provides suggestions for practice including to higher education institutions, career practitioner professional groups and jurisdictions about how to present information that promotes higher education transition, and to higher education providers on more inclusive measures to attract and support care-leavers. Building on Harvey et al.’s (2017) findings that there was a 'lack of formal assistance and information when applying for university', this study explores the knowledge universities have about the challenges for care-leavers and what specific support is available for them. The purpose of this study is to address existing challenges faced by care-experienced young people in accessing information about and support for access to higher education. The research presented here includes novel discovery work about information and support gaps for care-leavers. The findings, shown below, will provide universities with information about barriers to higher education for care-leavers. The findings presented in this report uncover valuable information about the systemic barriers for young people with out of home care experience and possible avenues that could enhance the equitable access to higher education. Project findings are summarised as follows: 1. There is a systemic lack of understanding of the needs of care-experienced students in higher education across all education systems. 2. There is a significant gap in post-school transition planning for young people with care experience while at school, at home and in governmental support. 3. There are multiple significant barriers to accessing appropriate career information for care experienced young people. With the assistance of philanthropic grant funding from Fund 4 of the Collier Foundation, this project has enabled novel research about higher educational transitions of care-experienced young people with a specific focus on equitability of access to information. The project has undertaken a national scan of current information provision for care-experienced young people, conducted a national survey of career practitioners, and achieved qualitative data generation with participants drawn from higher education stakeholders and those who support carers. The data sourced on career information and support in higher education transition available to care-leavers in each state have been mapped and an infographic created that will be a publicly available resource, which also appears as the cover image for this report. This infographic, which maps barriers to opportunity for young people with care experience, has been used as part of the dissemination pathway of this project. [Executive Summary] Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Income support receipt for young people transitioning from out-of-home care/ AIHW

by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Publisher: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory : Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2021Description: viii, 53 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: In 2019–20, around 1 in 32 (3.1% or 174,700) children aged 0–17 years were assisted by Australia’s child protection system (AIHW 2021). Departments responsible for child protection provide a range of services to support children and young people, including care and protection orders, family support services or, where needed, out-of-home care (OOHC). OOHC provides alternative accommodation for children who are unable to live with their families. This may be related to a variety of reasons, such as they are the subject of a substantiation and are in need for a more protective environment, when parents are incapable of providing adequate care, when alternative accommodation is needed during times of conflict, or when parents/carers need respite. Of the children receiving child protection services in 2019–20, 26% were in OOHC (0.8% of Australian children). Of these, the vast majority (92%) were placed in home-based care, such as in foster care or relative or kinship care, with a smaller proportion (6.6%) in residential care (AIHW 2021). Children who are, or have been, in OOHC face greater vulnerability across several dimensions of their wellbeing, both during and after they leave care. This may reflect the significant life disruptions that led to their placement in care, wider exposure to disadvantage, or experiences during their time in OOHC. However, it is important to note that a sense of security, stability and social support are strongly associated with better long-term outcomes after leaving care—as such, a young person’s experiences in OOHC can influence their long-term trajectory after leaving a traumatic environment (FaHCSIA 2011). Reliable national data on outcomes and broader service use of young people who have been in OOHC as they transition out of care and into independence is currently lacking. This national report aims to build the evidence-base on transition outcomes by bringing together Australian Government (Centrelink) and state and territory (OOHC) administrative data to examine receipt of income support and other payments by these young people. The type of financial assistance a person receives often reflects their life circumstances at the time of receipt. It can indicate, for example, those who require support while pursuing higher education, those looking for work or unable to work due to disability or caring responsibilities, or those experiencing personal crises such as family violence or contact with the justice system. Young people may be particularly vulnerable in the time after they leave care, as they adjust to independent living, often with limited support networks. Studies such as this one can help build a picture of their service use and life circumstances leading up to and after leaving care. These insights can be used to inform better policy, practice and support services for their transition out of care and into independence. [Summary] Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Transitioning to adulthood from out-of-home care : independence or interdependence? / Joseph J. McDowall (Create Foundation)

by McDowall, Joseph J | Create Foundation.

Publisher: Parramatta, NSW : Create Foundation. Policy and Advocacy Unit, 2020Description: xix, 127 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: Studies investigating the outcomes for young people leaving out-of-home care (OOHC) indicate that the disadvantage experienced by this group relative to their peers in the general population appears to be a “global phenomenon” (Collins & Tuyên, 2016). International reviews (e.g., Mendes & Snow, 2016; Stein & Munro, 2008) present multiple studies from all over the world painting the same picture that those moving from care to independence “have more accelerated and compressed transitions than their peers, and are more likely to be disadvantaged in respect to their main pathways to adulthood: education, training and employment, accommodation and health and well-being” (Stein, 2016, p. v). Because “the road to adulthood has lengthened”, as Benson (2014, p. 1765) observed when referencing the US context, vulnerable care leavers risk missing out on support services (e.g., for mental health, juvenile justice, foster care, and special education) since their eligibility to access these can end before the need for assistance is recognised. Parry and Weatherhead (2014) describe the issues for many young people as “too much, too soon” (p. 269). Experience with a care system appears to generate problems in most countries around the world where research into child protection has been conducted. Even in Nordic countries that rate highly in child wellbeing statistics, young people transitioning to adulthood from care experience disadvantage (Kääriälä & Hiilamo, 2017). Cameron et al. (2018) compared the outcomes for a cohort of young people who had been in care with their peers who had not in three countries: Britain, Finland, and Germany. Areas explored included education, employment, family, health, and welfare…[Introduction] Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Accommodating transition : improving housing outcomes for young people leaving OHC / Robyn Martin ; Reinie Cordier ; Jasmin Jau et al. (AHURI)

by Martin, Robyn | Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute | Cordier, Reinie | Jau, Jasmin et al.

Publisher: Melbourne : Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, 2021Description: v, 83 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: Report | Website Summary: This research from AHURI examined the housing, homelessness, mental health, alcohol and drug and juvenile justice service usage pathways for out-of-home care (OHC) leavers in Victoria and Western Australia. Children and young people up to 17 years of age may be placed in OHC if it is unsafe for them to live with their primary caregiver(s). Types of OHC include foster, relative or kinship care; family group homes; residential care; and, for those usually over 16, supported independent living arrangements. Despite the presence of national and jurisdictional standards which require that leaving care planning start at the age of 15 and involve the young person, there is minimal or no monitoring of this practice. More than half the 1,848 Victorian care leavers in this study (using data from leavers during 2013 and 2014) accessed homelessness services in the four years after leaving care, while one in three had multiple homeless experiences. Participants with experiences of residential care and multiple foster care placements were more likely to experience housing disruptions. During the study period, 534 care leavers (29%) made applications for public housing as the primary applicant; of these, 158 (30%) received an independent tenancy. To avoid homelessness, more than half of the young people returned to their family of origin, which was not usually considered a ‘safe’ option or one that would promote wellbeing. In addition, care leavers had more than twice the rate of hospital admissions compared with all Victorians aged 15–24 over the same time period. [Website].Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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