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CREATE Policy and Advocacy aims to influence change so that all children and young people with a care experience have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

The views and wishes of children and young people in out-of-home care are regularly sought by CREATE through formal and informal consultations.

Those views provide a basis for all of the policy and advocacy work that CREATE does, informs the way we operate and supports our media responsiveness.

CREATE Policy and Advocacy includes:

  • Consultations, focus groups, surveys, think tanks & interviews
  • Reports, submissions and research articles
  • Interagency networking
  • Government lobbying
  • Media
  • Policy and practice development

With CREATE offices in each state and territory, CREATE is able to provide local support to address local issues as they arise.  When a national response is required; this is when the CREATE team is able to pool local information and feedback from children and young people in care in each state and territory to provide a national overview, such as that in the CREATE Report Cards.

CREATE’s Report Cards are major research projects that promote opportunities for children and young people in care by informing the community and Governments about their views on their care experience.

CREATE is an active member of the Implementation Working Group for the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020 and helped develop the National Standards for out-of-home Care.

In 2012, CREATE embarked on an ambitious project endorsed by the National Framework Implementation Working Group.  CREATE developed the Go Your Own Way Kit as a practical tool that departments, non-government service providers and young people can use in planning to make the transition from the child protection system to. adulthood.