The needs and experiences of young people with a disability transitioning from out-of-home care: the views of practitioners in Victoria, Australia

Philip Mendes, Pamela Claire Snow

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Young people transitioning from out-of-home care are one of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in society. Those with disabilities have particular and complex needs, and face additional barriers compared to other care leavers in terms of accessing assistance. As a result, they are a high risk group for poor outcomes. This qualitative study involved consultations with 19 workers from six key agencies involved in out-of-home care and leaving care practice and policy to examine the current experience of, and support services available, to young people with a disability transitioning from out-of-home care in the Australian State of Victoria. Our findings suggest that care leavers with a disability do not currently receive the transition and post-care supports they need particularly in the area of housing and mental health, and that further holistic support is required until at least the age of 21. years
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115 - 123
Number of pages9
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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