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One of the ways that CREATE helps to create a better life for children and young people in care is by informing the community and governments about the views of children and young people on their care experiences.

CREATE’s Report Cards are major research projects and are snapshots of how well child protection systems are functioning in particular areas. Each Report Card focuses on a key issue impacting the care, protection and wellbeing of children and young people in care. We collect   information about the children and young people’s needs and progress in care and then make this information available to others.

CREATE Report Cards have highlighted the issues faced by young people transitioning from care and developing a benchmark for how the child protection system is faring under each of the life domains identified under the Looking After Children Framework and those articulated by the Australian Government in the Outline of the National Standards for Out-of-Home-Care.

CREATE’s Go Your Own Way resource for young people transitioning from care in Australia: An Evaluation (2016)

The challenges for young people with a care experience who transition to adulthood often mar the excitement and joy of reaching the age of independence. The lack of transition planning greatly hinders a young person’s journey to Independence from the care system, and many young people experience homelessness, unemployment, and educational disruption. This report highlights the progress we have made towards improving the transition process for young people and the need for child safety, and the best interests of the young person, taking priority over the need for privacy.

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CREATE’s Go Your Own Way resource for young people transitioning from care in Australia: An Evaluation – Young Person Version (2016)

The young person’s version of “CREATE’s Go Your Own Way resource for young people transitioning from care in Australia: An evaluation,” is available now. The Young Person’s Report has been especially prepared to provide all the information as the original evaluation but in an succinct, easy to read format with cool graphics.

Click here to download a copy of the report. 

Sibling Placement and Contact in Out-of-Home Care (2015)

This report sheds light on the experiences of children young people and caseworkers in each state and territory and what they think about this important issue. Our latest research shows that many children and young people do not live with all of their siblings in out-of-home care, and contact with the siblings who are not placed with them is not always regular or easily accessed.

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Experiencing Out-of-Home Care in Australia: The Views of Children and Young People (2013)

This report provides a wealth of data about the viewpoints and experiences of children and young people in out-of-home care. The study shows how important it is for children and young people to have a say. It highlights the need for care systems to focus on the things that matter, including the caseworker relationship; quality placements; connections with community; education, health, sport and recreation; relationships with family and siblings; and to plan with young people about their hoped-for futures.

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Special Edition Report Card: Young Person Report Card (2013)

Children and young people in care are the experts when it comes to tell us how the care system is working as they are the ones who are experiencing it. CREATE surveyed over 1000 children and young people across all states and territories (except WA). The Report Card is based on the voices of these children and young people and their thoughts and feelings about important issues such as stability and security, participation, planning and relationships.

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Transitioning from Care in Australia: an Evaluation of CREATE’s What’s the Plan? Campaign (2011)

To support young people in understanding the process of obtaining a Leaving Care Plan CREATE launched an awareness campaign called “What’s The Plan?” nationally. It is clear from the results of this Report Card that sadly there is still a lot of work to be done in order to ensure all young people have a leaving care plan, and a more secure future.

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What’s the Answer? Young people’s solutions for improving transitioning to independence from Out-of-Home Care (2010)

This report, What’s the Answer?, presents the solutions that the young people consulted in this activity consider pivotal for effecting improvements in the transitioning process from out-of-home care to independence if better social and economic outcomes are to be achieved.

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Transitioning from Care Tracking Progress (2009)

This report was produced as a followup study to explore the field of transitioning from out-of-home care. This report represents a much larger study than its precursor and its timing was designed to detect recent changes that had been implemented to improve outcomes for young people, particularly in areas that showed poor responses previously.

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