Improving the Journey

by PeakCare Qld on 5th December 2012

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As the 4th annual Transition to Independence (T2I) Month drew to a close on November 30th, we reflect on the outcomes for 2012.  The key focus of this month is engaging all personnel in the child protection system and associated government and NGO partners to improve the assistance offered to young people as they make the journey from the child protection system to independence.  Achieving milestones, well-being and positive life outcomes is a core consideration.  As such the voices of young people with care experiences are integral to T2I month.

Transition to Independence Month, held annually each November across Queensland is coordinated by G-Force.  This collaborative, sector-wide working party of the Child Protection Partnership Forum is made up of representatives from government and non-government organisations, including PeakCare Queensland, CREATE Foundation, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Foster Care Queensland and, most significantly, young people with a care experience.

Each year, nearly 400 young people leave the Queensland child protection system to live independently. Support and planning processes offered to these young people are often ad hoc and variable.  As such, many young people make this transition without consistent adult supports, services or the assistance of a family network.

This Month was particularly successful in raising the profile of young people exiting the care system.  With limited resources and much good will from G-Force members and participating community organisations and child safety service centres across the state T2I month 2012 achieved considerable outcomes.

We started off with a major launch of the month at the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian, with speeches from the Commissioner Elizabeth Fraser, the Assistant Minister for Child Safety Rob Molhoek and most importantly from some inspirational young people who shared their insights with an audience of over 60 dignitaries and child protection professionals. Seven videos by young people talking about their experiences of transitioning from care were premiered as the main attraction of the launch. These films, already having had over 800 views will be left up for further viewing and promotion of T2I month.  These are well worth watching.

 

Click here to watch the videos.

 

Over 400 Transition to Independence kits were distributed across the state to government and non-government services. Numerous T2I activities for young people, services and workers were held across the state.  These included camps for young people and professional development and training opportunities for workers.

The key messages that came out of the month were:

  • Transition to independence needs to be a focus as early as possible in a young person’s care plan
  • Collaboration is essential.  Whilst one key person to coordinate support whilst working closely with each young person is helpful, collaborative services are required to make sure all support needs of a young person can be met
  • Social connectedness and stability of place is a requirement for young people to develop lasting and sustainable relationships during and beyond care
  • Supports beyond the age of 18 are needed
  • Whilst current research and anecdotal evidence often points to poor life outcomes for young people in care, professionals and carers in the system need to remain focused on young people reaching their capacity and following hopes and aspirations.  Often too little is expected of or offered to young people in care particularly in terms of further education such as tertiary study.  Such options for consideration are often minimised as young people exit care and supports at this crucial time in their future career and life planning.

The media coverage for Transition to Independence Month was encouraging. Newspapers, radio broadcasters and television channels covered stories pertaining to young people transitioning to independence.  To view and hear the reports please follow the links below.

Transition to Independence has gained momentum in the four short years since its inception. G-Force is optimistic that the transitional needs of young people in care are being highlighted across the Queensland service system as well as in the public sphere. 

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