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1. Safety. Knives should be locked up when you live with other kids. You can get bashed if not joining in with high risk activities. I lived with carers who were drug dealers. Everyone has rights - we should know what our rights are. 2. Participation in decisions.

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1. Safety


Knives should be locked up when you live with other kids


You can get bashed if not joining in with high risk activities


I lived with carers who were drug dealers


Everyone has rights- we should know what our rights are


2. Participation in

decisions


Nobody ever listens to me


I should have a choice


Carers can’t know what is best for you

unless you voice your opinion


We should be included in meetings to decide what placement is right for us


No-one ever listens to me at Case Plans


How many placement changes can I have?


An opinion is never wrong


3. Family and friends


Getting to see my family is hard


I want to see my family

I should be able to see my family


I lose friends by having police checks


I should have the choice not to see my family


4. Normal children

I don’t get treated with enough respect


4. Normal children


Normal kids live with their family…They don’t wake up with a stranger living in the next room.


My caseworker sends me birthday cards!


It’s hard ….

others look down on me because I’m in care


I have felt ashamed to be in care


I should be supported for

whoI am


It’s what’s on the inside that counts


DHS workers and our carers need to know …

they should respect us


Carers need to respect - they can’t go through my room or my stuff


How can a child learn respect if they are not given respect?


5. Support to reach goals


DHS should pay for what we need…

like MET tickets to get to school

… because they are our parents


When we’re bored is when we get into trouble


I’ve had to wait more than a year for clothing allowance


You can’t look dickey just because you’re in care


I’d be lost without my activities

Art Classes

dancing


We need help/support with

education,

training

& work


Help me to learn how to look after myself


Kids in care mature faster

… they have to for survival


I want to learn

how to budget

how to cook


I want age appropriate help


6. After care support


When my caseworker told me I was now on my own

I felt like a broken toy kicked to the side


I can’t be the only one to look after me when I turn 18


I had no support after I left care


We should have Transition Workers

and “leaving care” packs


… financial support too !


We need to know about services

Centrelink

Help with budgets

Doctors&Dentists

Job Network

Somewhere to live


if you listen to us… we can find our dreams


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