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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:

  • Conducting consultations, focus groups, surveys, think tanks & interviews with young people;
  • Writing reports, submissions and research articles highlighting the voices of children and young people;
  • Collaborating and networking with local, state, national and international agencies;
  • Lobbying state and federal Government to ensure the voices of children and young people are heard;
  • Promoting the voices of children and young people in media; and
  • Influencing policy and practice to improve the lives of children and young people in the care system.

With CREATE offices in each state and territory, we are able to provide local support to address local issues as they arise.  When a national response is required, the CREATE teams are able to pool local information and feedback from children and young people 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. You can view the CREATE Report Cards here.

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.