Co-designing a better future
A new approach is being piloted to transform outcomes for young people transitioning from out-of-home-care by beginning the transition planning process earlier and increasing the focus on young people’s goals and aspirations for the future.
The Outer Eastern Melbourne transitioning from out-of-home-care case conferencing pilot is demonstrating early signs of success at an individual level, with the 10 young people taking part gaining access to employment, mentoring and mental health supports that they may not otherwise have received.
The pilot has also helped professionals from across the service system build a shared understanding among local partners of the challenges faced by young people transitioning from care – from accessing housing and employment supports to feeling connected to their local communities.
The pilot was launched in recognition that young people leaving care face much higher risk of homelessness, substance abuse, and disengaging from learning than their peers.
Work is now underway to scale up the pilot to support all young people transitioning from care across Inner and Outer Eastern Melbourne in 2017, and to work more closely with business and community members to identify new employment, housing and community supports for young people.
Our efforts are gaining momentum. Three co-design workshops were held recently to develop innovative leaving care supports. Over 50 stakeholders including community members, young people and carers attended.
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