On Their Own Two Feet

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The launch of Transition to Independence (T2I) Month was held on Monday, 5th November at the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian.

Elizabeth Frasier, the Commissioner for Children and Young People and the Child Guardian hosted the event which featured the world premiere of On Our Own Two Feet, a series of clips produced by young people about transitioning from care to independence. To view the clips please visit www.create.org.au/transition-to-independence-month-2012

Hon Rob Molhoek MP, Queensland Assistant Minister for Child Safety spoke about the need for young people to be supported in their transitions to independence.  As a Father of four he talked about the difficulties inherent in reaching adulthood, let alone transitioning to independence without key supports from family and community.

Several CREATE Young Consultants captivated the multitude of dignatories and practitioners in the room who gained insight of first hand experiences of young people as they told their stories of transitioning from care.  These inspiring stories outlined the fears of being on your own at such a young age without skills to manage a household, education and the plethora of day to day challenges of being totally independent at 18 years of age.

One young person poignantly summed up her advice to practitioners in saying that in her case planning whilst in care getting a job or doing a certificate course were offered as possible options for her future.  She urged CSOs and child protection practitioners to heighten their expectations of children and young people in care as low expectations often lead to low self esteem and the belief that minimal opportunities offered are all they can achieve.  This young woman is now at University studying a double degree through her own planning, goal setting and determination.

This sentiment was echoed when the Kingaroy Tranzitions team showcased their innovative practice in this area. The team spoke about the essential nature of positive role modelling and solid relationships between young people and their peers and the staff involved in the Tranzitions programs.

 

What is Transition to Independence Month?

Transition to Independence Month, held in November each year, focuses on how we can all help young people make the journey from the child protection system to independence, and achieve positive life outcomes. Transition to Independence Month is coordinated by G-Force, a sector-wide working party of the Child Protection Partnership Forum made up of government and nongovernment organisations.

Each year, nearly 400 young people leave the Queensland child protection system to live independently. Help and support for these young people often comes from carers, family and community members, as well as government and non-government service providers. However, a number of young people make this transition without the support of a family network.

The Child Protection Act (1999), under the Charter of Rights, states that young people are

entitled to receive appropriate help with their transition from being a child in care to

independence. This includes help with housing, access to income support, training and

education.

 

What can you do?

There are a number of different activities that you can organise to promote Transition to Independence Month. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Hold a workshop or staff meeting to discuss good practice and ideas for change when it comes to young people successfully transitioning to independence. Watching the DVD On our own two feet is a great way to initiate discussions.
  • Plan a training session, workshop or forum to hear from local young people about how they view transition to independence.
  • Organise your own local event for young people to celebrate their achievements in becoming independent.
  • Coordinate an art exhibition featuring works from young people.
  • Hold a morning tea with young people to encourage discussion on transition to independence.
  • Organise a Transition to Independence expo where local service providers showcase the help they can provide to young people who are transitioning to independence.

 

If you are holding an event please email Kelly.bucknall@create.org.au

Transition to Independence Month resources can be accessed on this specially created website www.create.org.au/transition-to-independence-month-2012

 

G-Force Resources

 

G-Force has created a number of useful resources over the years and we would like to see them as widely distributed as possible. Here is a list of the resources as well as the website where you can access them.

 

  • What is a complaint? Useful contacts for children and young people in care that want to make a complaint about their care experience.
  • Tips for overcoming barriers to participation. A resource written by young people to inform workers about their views on how professionals can overcome the barriers to young people’s participation.
  • Reconnecting with Family in a safe way. Tips from young people to young people about reconnecting with family.
  • Kids Rights Resources Flyer. A description of two resources about children and young people’s rights in care and where to access the resources.
  • Children and Young Peoples Participation Strategy. A guide for practitioners that helps them to enable children and young people participate in decisions that impact on their lives.
  • Transition to Independence Report 2012. A report that captures the perspectives and views of practitioners relating to Transition to Independence.  
  • G-Force Newsletters. Updates on the work of G-Force.

To access these documents please visit the G-Force network page on the Community door website at: http://networks.communitydoor.org.au/main/summary

 

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