Indigenous Care Leavers in Australia: A National Scoping Study

Philip Mendes, Rachel Standfield, Bernadette Saunders, Samone McCurdy, Jacinta Walsh, Lena Turnbull, Emily Armstrong

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This study was led by the Social Inclusion and Social Policy Research Unit at Monash University, and conducted in partnership with the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre and SNAICC.
The aims of the study are as follows:
• To ascertain the number of Indigenous young people leaving state care in each state and territory; to document the existing policies and programs aiming to support this group in each jurisdiction;
• to gather information concerning the outcomes for Indigenous young people transitioning from care;
• to document and share identifiable good practice in supporting Indigenous young people transitioning from care and;
• to provide recommendations with regard to policy, program and service provision in relation to Indigenous care leavers.
Data collection involved 22 focus groups or interviews with a total of 53 individuals. Participants represented government departments, non-government organisations and ACCOs in the leaving care sector from every state and territory in Australia. The key topics discussed aligned with the aims of the study, and included funding of support programs, existing policies and policy application, service provision, challenges and outcomes facing Indigenous care leavers and best practice.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherMonash University
Number of pages249
Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2020

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