Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said today's summit would allow representatives from Government and community sector services to better understand what helped young people in care transition to independence, as well as where improvements could be made.
"Making the move to adulthood can be challenging for any young person, especially young people in care," Ms Mitchell said.
"Because care leavers don't always have direct family support to turn to for help, they are more vulnerable to experiencing homelessness, mental health issues, family and domestic violence, and alcohol and substance abuse.
"Measures already in place to support care leavers include starting the leaving care planning process from 15 years of age and providing after-care support until they reach the age of 25."
The Minister said the Liberal National Government was committed to supporting young people in care to successfully transition to independence and improve their life outcomes.
"Supporting care leavers cannot be achieved by one agency alone. We need to encourage a whole-of-government and whole-of-community response to help these young people," she said.
The State Government's Out-of-Home Care Reform plan will also strengthen support services available to young people leaving care and increase the responsibility of Government agencies to prioritise services for young people leaving care.
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