One of the ways that CREATE helps to create a better life for children and young people in out-of-home care is by informing the community and governments about the views of children and young people on their care experiences. CREATE is committed to advancing the body of knowledge and evidence regarding the experiences of children and young people in the care system.
Children and young people with a lived experience in foster, kinship and residential care arrangements are the experts in their own lives. It’s their voices and experiences that inform our research and reports. Our reports detail how the child protection system is functioning in the care sector, and how well the protection and wellbeing of children and young people in out-of-home care is being considered.
This report dives into some of the big issues faced by young people transitioning from care including housing, education, youth justice involvement and leaving care planning. Following on from our previous research our latest report investigates what has changed in the last 10 years for young people leaving care in Australia – what’s gotten worse, what’s improved, and what is the same. Our findings? We need to rethink the idea of “leaving care” altogether if we are to see a meaningful improvement in the lives of young people leaving care around Australia.
To advocate for children and young people with a care experience in Australia, CREATE Foundation listens to ideas from children and young people about their experiences in all forms of out-of-home care (foster care, kinship care, permanent care, and residential care) and shares those views with people who run the care system to help make life better for the young people. This process is called a Consultation. CREATE uses the information children and young people share with us to write reports that can assist in shaping the development of services, policies, and procedures of government departments and non-government agencies.
We have released two guides help workers in organisations optimize their practice to ensure the best outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care. Informed by the voices of young people at CREATE’s 2019 Voices in Action conference, these guides are an excellent tool for organisations within the sector.
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