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.
In 2018 CREATE conducted the largest ever independent survey of children and young people with a care experience, surveying 1275 children and young people about their experiences in the out-of-home care system. The findings of this survey were compiled to create our Out-of-Home Care in Australia: Children and Young People’s Views After Five Years of National Standards report. This report details the state of the care system as of 2018, and compares it to the findings from our 2013 Experiencing Out-of-Home Care in Australia: The Views of Children and Young People report as well as to the Government’s 2015 National Standards survey.
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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