Homelessness and leaving care : the experiences of young adults in Queensland and Victoria, and implications for practice

Crane, Philip R., Kaur, Jatinder, & Burton, Judith A. (2014) Homelessness and leaving care : the experiences of young adults in Queensland and Victoria, and implications for practice. Homelessness Research Collaboration. Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, ACT.

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This research first asks ‘What happens when young people leave state care?’ in respect of Victoria and Queensland and second ‘What are the service support implications of this?’ A number of methods were used to explore these questions including semi-structured interviews with 27 young adults aged 19-23 years who had been homeless or at risk of homelessness, and focus groups with young people and service providers. This study provides support for the proposition that young people should be proactively and voluntarily involved in periodic monitoring of their lived experience post care and linkage of this monitoring to the activation of timely support. The great majority of young people involved in this study thought this was not only desirable but important. Whilst some young people will be in close contact with leaving care services many others will not. New research is recommended to develop a mentoring and support activation process using participatory monitoring and action research methods. This type of approach reflects the importance of utilising processes with young people in care and leaving care which acknowledge their personhood and capacity to contribute voluntarily to the processes which seek to support them.

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ID Code: 74794
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Keywords: Homelessness, Leaving care, Early Intervention, Transition from Care, Prevention, Child Protection , Young people
ISBN: 9780997525904
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Past > Schools > Social Work & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Commonwealth of Australia
Deposited On: 06 Aug 2014 23:47
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2014 00:03

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