Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Mental Health; Child Protection

    Supporting kids in care to better adult outcomes

    9/11/2016 9:00 AM
     
    • Former children in care, Government and community service providers meet for the inaugural Young People in Care Sector Summit

    Young people who have been in out-of-home care will share their experiences of life in care and after care at Western Australia's first Young People in Care Sector Summit.

     

    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.

     

    Fact File

    • The one-day summit is being held at The Boulevard Hotel, Floreat and is delivered through a partnership between the Department for Child Protection and Family Support, Youth Affairs Council of WA and the CREATE Foundation
    • As at June 30, 2016, there were 4,658 children in care and more than 13% were aged 15 years and older
    • For more information about leaving care and the Out-of-Home Care Reform, visit http://www.cpfs.wa.gov.au

    Minister's office - 6552 5400

     

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