The views of service providers on the challenges facing young people also involved in the Youth Justice system transitioning from out-of-home care

Philip Mendes, Pamela Claire Snow, Susan Baidawi

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Young people transitioning from out-of-home care placements
(either home-based care or residential care in Australia) are a particularly vulnerable and disadvantaged group. This study reports on a research project based on a partnership between our university and seven non-government child and youth welfare agencies in the Australian State of Victoria. A key aim was to identify factors that present challenges to successful transitions from care. The interviews and focus groups conducted with 77 stakeholders revealed major concerns in areas such as disability, substance use, sex work, early parenthood, mental health, family relationships, and finances. Some key implications for policy and practice reform are identified.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-257
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Policy Practice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • leaving care
  • out-of-home care
  • Victoria
  • vulnerable
  • youth justice

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