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Young people born in 1997 are in the spotlight

by PeakCare Qld on 10th February 2016

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If you or others you know were born in 1997 and have had a care experience, the CREATE Foundation needs you!

If you have worked with a young person over the past 12 months who transitioned from care to independence in 2015, CREATE needs you too!

The CREATE Foundation is the national peak body representing the voices of children and young people in care. This includes those who resided in out of home care such as foster and kinship care and/or residential care. Currently the CREATE Foundation is conducting a national evaluation of the Go Your Own Way kits.

CREATE provides advocacy for children and young people in the care system and is consistently aiming to improve life experiences and opportunities for children and young people in care. In doing so CREATE links with numerous government and non-government partners as well as directly with children and young people themselves to improve systemic and practice responses to the needs of children and young people. In this vein, CREATE is evaluating the Go Your Own Way kits provided to young people as they transition from care to independence in order to ensure that the information and guidance offered to young people exiting care is relevant, useful and of benefit in enhancing their knowledge, independence and holistic well-being.

CREATE Queensland is interested in talking with Queenslanders born in 1997 with a care experience who can assist by providing feedback about the Go Your Own Way Kits. The kitisfilled with resources and information to assist the planning process and provide caseworkers, young people and carers with the information they need to plan for a positive transition to independence. Over the past few years in Queensland, CREATE has worked in partnership with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services to distribute this resource to young people in care around the time of their 17th birthday.

CREATE is interested in hearing from both young people and their workers (government and non-government) who supported young people in their transition from care to independence in 2015. These young people received the Go Your Own Way Kit. As they are the most recent group of young people, they and the professionals who supported them can offer invaluable information in terms of providing feedback and learnings about this resource and ways in which it may be improved.

Lucas Moore, CREATE Queensland’s Co-ordinator stated: “CREATE is interested in the views of Queensland young people and the case managers and workers who supported young people to independence in order to determine how useful the Kit was in assisting transition planning. We’re also really keen to know what we can do to improve its effectiveness in the transition from care to independence planning process. Did young people and workers use these resources, how did they use them and were they helpful? If not, what is needed that is not yet covered in this kit?” Lucas stressed that young people don’t have to have received the kit to participate in the survey: “Our focus is evaluating the transition from care experience.”

Lucas and the CREATE Foundation assert that survey responses are anonymous and will be treated confidentially. Data will be reported only in an aggregated form from each of the jurisdictions. The survey should take no more than 15 -20 minutes to complete. The time required for professionals, however, is dependent on the number of young people they supported to transition during 2015. Lucas also notes that it is important for Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disabilities staff to be aware that their participation in this survey has been approved by Queensland’s Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services Director-General, Michael Hogan.

CREATE is also requesting that case workers, CSOs Child Safety Officers and professionals who assisted young people born in 1997 in their transition in 2015 encourage young people to contact CREATE to participate in the survey. They can do so by contacting Lucas Moore via the contact details provided below. CREATE staff are more than willing to ring young people to gain their feedback if workers obtain the consent of young people to provide their contact details.

Ethical approval for this evaluation is registered with Bellberry Limited. This is a national, private not-for-profit human research ethics committee, certified by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

As an incentive to participate, CREATE will be offering ‘one off’ exclusive merchandise to one fortunate professional via a ‘lucky survey prize’. If you wish to be included in the lucky survey prize the link can be found at the end of the survey. Also, to thank young people for taking the time to answer the questions, CREATE is running a prize draw with four $100 gift vouchers from a range of suppliers in each state and territory. An ipad mini is also a coveted prize.

The information gleaned from young people and professionals through this important project will be used to highlight the issues raised with regard to leaving care and transitioning to independence. CREATE will produce reports for governments and the sector to advance improvements and any necessary changes recommended by young people and those who work closely with them as they transition from care to independence.

It is anticipated that a report of the Evaluation will be available in early September 2016.

Click here for more information on the Go Your Own Way kit

To complete the survey, workers are urged to head to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TransitionCaseworkers

For young people to fill out the survey please contact: Lucas Moore, Queensland Coordinator CREATE Foundation on: 07 3317 6020 or lucas.moore@create.org.au

The worker surveys will remain live until April 1st, 2016 with the survey for Young People remaining open until April 15th, 2016.

For more information about CREATE please visit their website