CREATE Foundation, the peak consumer body representing the voices of children
and young people with a care experience is hosting a very special dinner event
year is the first time CREATE has hosted a dinner in Cairns celebrating National
Child Protection Week and the 2022 theme is “Every child, in every community,
needs a fair go”.
include CREATE Young Consultants, the Hon. Minister Leanne Linard, Minister for
Children and Youth Justice, and CREATE Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Ms
welcomes Minister Linards’ attendance at the dinner and applauds the Queensland
government’s recent announcement of increased access to placement options for
young care leavers to 21, a wonderful initiative to help keep young Queenslanders
safe. CREATE affirms it is a testament
to this government’s commitment to genuinely listen to children and young
people and collaborate meaningfully to ensure that new resources are developed
with young people.
Linard said she was delighted to spend time in Cairns with the fantastic young
CREATE consultants to celebrate the Foundation’s first ever Child Protection
“We want the same thing. For children and young people, families,
and communities to be safe and resilient, and to have the opportunity to
“The dinner is another opportunity to hear the lived experience of
young people. It was their voices and advocacy which led to the Palaszczuk
Government extending support for people in out-of-home care to the age of 21
from 1 July next year,” said Minister Linard.
Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Ms Jacqui Reed, said, “We are excited to host a regional activity
and celebrating the sectors work towards improving the lives of children and
young people with a care experience.”
“This year’s event is CREATE’s first formal dinner to highlight
our appreciation and recognise the important work that takes place throughout Far
speaker at the dinner, Dee, is a CREATE Young Consultant and will be sharing about
her care experience and the change that is needed. Dee said that it is an
exciting week because of the fact that young people are being recognised for their
“It feels really rewarding having important senior ministers
coming here because they want to hear our voices! It is such a big thing to
know we are making a difference and change is happening.”
CREATE Foundation is the national consumer body
representing the voices of children and young people with an out-of-home care
experience (including kinship care, foster care and residential care). CREATE
develops policy and research to report on and advocate for a better care
For more information please visit the CREATE website at www.create.org.au
Read about National Child Protection Week https://www.napcan.org.au/
further comment from CREATE’s Chief Executive, Ms Jacqui Reed, and/or a young
person with care experience contact Leigh White, CREATE Communications Advisor,
via (m) 0431 932 122 or email@example.com
· 46,212 children and young people were reported in
2020-21 as living in out-of-home care across Australia (Australian Institute of
Health & Welfare, 2022).
· Young people in out-of-home care are 16 times more
likely to be under a youth justice order than the general population.
· 30% of young people experience homelessness within
the first year of leaving care. (McDowall, 2020).
· 38% of young people have been involved with the
· 30% of young people who have left care or preparing
to leave care are unemployed.
· 36% children and young people in care do not live
with any of their siblings.
· 35% of young people in care have five or more
caseworkers during their time in care.
· 67% of young people in care over the age of 15 are
not aware of having a leaving care plan.
J. J. (2018). Out-of-home care in Australia: Children and young people’s
views after five years of National Standards. CREATE Foundation.
McDowall, J. J. (2020). Transitioning to
adulthood from out-of-home care: Independence or interdependence? CREATE