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Transition to Independence (t2i) Month
Every year, more than 500 young people aged between 15 and 18 years old ‘officially’ leave the care system. Without support from carers, friends, family and community, these young people often struggle to achieve positive life outcomes. Transition to Independence (t2i) Month focuses on helping young people make the journey to living successfully as adults. To read more, please visit our CREATE Your Future website which is dedicated to care leavers.
Charter of Rights
In Queensland the law says that if you are in care you have certain rights, for example the right to have a say about your life or the right to receive a good education. So, if you are in care we think you should check out this cool poster that contains all the rights you are entitled to under the Qld Child Protection Act. Remember: Knowledge is Power!
Click here to download the Charter of Rights
The Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) is currently a one-off payment from the Australian Government to help young people who are leaving out-of-home care between the ages of 15-25 years. Funding of up to $1,500 can be used to go towards the costs involved in moving to independent living.
TILA – Transition to Independence Living Allowance
Next Step After Care
A non-for-profit service that provides extra support and assistance to help young people in Queensland who have left out-of-home-care. Next Step After Care assists young people aged 18-21, but can also assist young people who transition early (15+). Next Step After Care works towards developing the young person’s family and community relationships, education opportunities, job-ready skills, independent living skills, and securing suitable accommodation.
In some cases, young people will be provided with advice or information straight away. If ongoing or more involved support arrangements are needed, young people may be eligible for individual local support. Next Step After Care may also use available funds to purchase goods and services that can make a difference for a young person in need.
Next Step After Care can even arrange to check in with the young person every now and then by phone, just to see how things are going. If you know someone who’s left care who you think could do with some extra support, call 1800NEXTSTEP or 1800 6398 7837.
Download the Next Step After Care Brochure for more information.
Unhappy with a big decision made about your life?
Children, young people are able to appeal some of the BIG decisions made by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. You (or a support person such as a carer) can ask the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) to look into decisions made by the Department and in SOME cases it might be possible for these decisions to be reversed. For more information checkout this information sheet.
Planet Right & Getting it Right
Planet Right and Getting it Right were developed by CREATE in consultation with children and young people in 2010 as a way to communicate to children and young people in care what their rights are, according to the Charter for Children and Young People in Care that was developed by The Commission for Children and Young People.
The Imbedding the Charter Project in 2010 aimed to help children and young people better understand the Charter of Rights. This project included CREATE Foundation, Berry Street and VACCA, each agency developing different resources for specific audiences. CREATE consulted with children and young people to develop resources specific to children and young people under 12 and over 12.
Getting it right is written by young people and features young people with a care experience who take us through some of the rights from the charter, to make sure young people know what they have a right to feel, do, and ask for while in care and after they have left care.
Young people in Victoria who sign up to clubCREATE receive a copy of the getting it products in their CREATE Entering Care Kits. Hard copies can be ordered at the Department of Health and Human services, out-of-care unit, Statutory and Forensic Services and Design.
Charter of Rights
CREATE in the NT was delighted when the Charter of Rights was released for young people in out of home care. CREATE were involved in helping figure out what rights were important for young people. There an awesome booklet that explains their rights and CREATE did lots of training with case workers about why it’s important that young people know about their rights. It’s case workers job to ensure you have a book and know who you can contact if you need help. CREATE always here to help explain it as well as we think it’s so important.
Check out these resources for young people and support people. Click here for the charter of rights.