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Future Planning: A New Approach to Leaving Care Hugo Madrid and Angie Adams
Snapshot: Out of Home Care Our OOHC practice framework is trauma informed, strengths based and solution focused to assist children and young people shape the best future for themselves, their families and their communities • 305children / young people • in foster care, kinship care, intensive foster care and residential care • 447 authorised carers • 146 staff members • capacity building with 2 Aboriginal OOHC agencies • 280children & • young people • in sibling group homes, aftercare and intensive family based services • Newpin Social Benefit Bond restoration from care • bold advocacy in leaving • care • $20million expenditure 2013/14 programs located in Sydney, Mid North Coast and Orana Far West
Hoping You’ll Gain….. 2/3 didn’t complete Year 12 • Why we are here today • What we did • How we did it • Where next? • What about the Research? 28% parents 1/3 homeless
Why we are here today… • Ombudsman’s Report August 2013 • Community Services new template
Human Rights Issue? “As a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Australia has a responsibility to protect children and young people, provide the services necessary for them to develop and achieve positive outcomes and enable them to participate in the wider community."http://www.dss.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/out_of_home_care_rpt.pdf
Ombudsman’s Key Messages • Delays in assessing victim’s compensation • Lack of consultation with other key agencies • Lack of cultural planning and support • Failure to provide ongoing support for young people completing their HSC • A failure to address the specific circumstances and needs of high risk young people
What we did… • Our Current Practice • Formed a Working Group • Consulted Staff
Objective • New Template • Trauma Informed Practice Framework • Training Package
How We Did It… • Consultation with OOHC services and NGO’s • Working Group focus • Terminology • Competition
Where to from here? • Joint work with FaCS • Staff and Carer training and implementation • Feedback from NGO’s and CREATE • Planning for review and monitoring • Young Person Reference Group
Approach to future planning Young People’s feedback: • Happy with term ‘young people’ vs. ‘kids’. • Familiarity/strong relationship. • Casework goals vs. young person’s goals. • Frequency of discussions
Approach to future planning • How will information be used (Why?) • Confidentiality. • Court documents. • Embracing Different Cultures. • Comments box.
Staff training • Facilitated by Manager & Practice Manager. • Acknowledge experience & wisdom in the room. • Study template together. • Sections: What do we want Young Person to learn?
Staff training • What do we want this to look/sound like?- Therapeutic framework/Relationships. • Break into groups and create an approach. • Return to big group. • Consult with young people reference group.
Independent Living Skills • FaCS Independent Living Skills checklist. • Creativity vs. Ticking boxes. • Every Living Skill has an activity.
Understanding money- budget and refurbishing challenge THE CAR I WILL OWN IN NOVEMBER 2017 • Price: $6000 • Weekly savings to own the car: $48.40 • Type of job I would need to work: Fast food stores, retail, café. • Number of shift per week: One 5 hour shift • Progress tracker: Bundle.com • My supports: Mum, Matt (keyworker), Burnside staff.
Hoping You Have Gained…… • Why we are here today • What we did • How we did it • Where we go next • Questions?
Contact details: Hugo Madrid email@example.com Angie Adams firstname.lastname@example.org