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by PeakCare Qld
on 18th August 2016

The South Australian Child Protection Systems Royal Commission Report, The life they deserve, was released in early August 2016. The report is presented in two volumes. The first volume sets out what the Royal Commission did to examine the adequacy of current laws and policies to protect children and young people, system deficits and 260 recommendations addressing a wide range of structural, system and practice aspects across the SA government and service system. The second volume contains 5 case studies that examine the operation of the system and practice quality in specific areas. Four focus on the individual circumstances of young children, intervening in high risk families, leaving care, and children with complex needs in out of home care.

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Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD) 18th April, 2012 was held at Kurilpa Point Park, located next to the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) in South Brisbane.  This Brisbane launch of the National Youth Homelessness Matters Day was attended by the new Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, the Honourable Tracy Davis.  Proceedings were opened with a ‘Welcome to Country’ from the Turrbal people by Song woman Maroochy Barambah.

Minister Davis congratulated the Queensland Youth Housing Coalition on their work and the YHMD launch.  She spoke with enthusiasm about the work of the homelessness services and QYHC as its peak body.  She stated her interest in finding out more about YHMD and spent the morning meeting with attendees and workers from organisations. 

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The Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD) campaign aims to raise the public’s awareness about young people who are experiencing homelessness in Australia.  This year’s theme is: “Be Part of the Solution”.

Research demonstrates that young people who are not adequately supported in their early years of homelessness are likely to experience homelessness in their adult lives.  The eradication of youth homelessness requires a dedicated and concerted effort across communities, businesses and government.  

Young people continue to be a significant demographic in Queensland’s homeless population.  Approximately 7000 young people in Queensland are without a place to call home.  As such they are often unable to access income, education, training and employment.  Being homeless also means they are not able to obtain assistance with the plethora of issues they face which often include childhood abuse and trauma.  Finding a home and associated support is essential for young people in their recovery as they become fully participating members of our community.

The event showcased young people's stories through an art installation of cardboard houses.

Designed and created by young people these served as a means of telling their stories about what a home is to them. This event was aimed at educating our governments, businesses and community members to enhance understanding of youth homelessness in our communities.

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