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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
There is also Kid’s Rights, a colouring in book aimed at younger children and My Journey in Care, which is a guide to being in care in Queensland with useful tips from young people with a care experience.
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.
Do you want help finding information about your time in care?
After successful advocacy from CREATE Young Consultants the Queensland Government launched the Time in Care service, which is all about helping young people to find questions to answers they might have about their time in care.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Children and young people in care in NSW have rights and everyone involved in their care has to make sure these rights are respected. Your rights include the right to be told why you are in care and to keep a record of your time in care. You also have the right to keep in touch with people who are important to you and the right to be involved in planning for your future. Your rights are protected by the law in NSW.
There are lots of great videos on the Family and Community Services website explaining the Charter of Rights, here’s an example of one:
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.
Charter of Rights
Each child or young person in Tasmania living away from their birth parents in out of home care has rights. All of these rights are important –some might be more important to you than others. Some examples of your rights include the right to be treated fairly and with respect and the right to meetings along with your caseworker. The Tasmanian Commission for Children and Young People has produced some great resources to help children and young people in care to learn about their rights, check out the TAS Charter of Rights Poster and the TAS Charter of Rights Flipbook
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 about the charter of rights:
Charter of Rights
All children and young people in care have a rights! Rights for children and young people in care in Western Australia include the right to keep in touch with friends and family whenever possible and the right to keep your personal belongings in a safe place. Check out the specific rights resources for children and young people of different ages to help them learn about their rights and stand up for themselves:
How to access your case file information
CREATE and the WA Department for Child Protection and Family Support (DCPFS) started work on this resource after a lot of young people reported having difficulties accessing files and records and inconsistent information provided to them, for example, costs associated with accessing files, what information they could access and how to get this information. Together, CREATE Young Consultants and the policy team at DCPFS created a flow chart for young people to help them understand how they could access their information. They also created a set of Frequently Asked Questions to go with the flow chart.
Speaking out about concerns in care
CREATE worked on this project about children and young people in care speaking up with the Commissioner for Children and Young People Western Australia. The 86 children and young people who provided input into the project shared advice for adults and others in care about how worries and concerns can be handled in the best way. The full version of the report is here and the young person friendly version of the report can be found here.
Charter of Rights
The Charter of Rights for Children and Young People in Care in South Australia explains rights of children and young people who are under the guardianship or in the custody of the Minister for Education and Child Development. You can learn more about what the charter says here.
The South Australian Parliament has made a law that says any person involved with children in care, such as a social worker or a carer, must know about the charter and seek to make sure all children and young people in care have the rights that are outlined in the charter. The charter is promoted and monitored by the Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People.
Having your say in residential care
CREATE and the SA Office of the Guardian has partnered to make resources to help children and young people in residential care speak up issues that concern them.
There’s the Post Incident Reflection Form developed with input from young people in residential care to help children and young people have their say after incidents occur .
Also available is a set of posters, brochures and two videos which tell children and young people in residential care about their rights and ways to address issues.
Check out the videos below !