Young people leaving out-of-home care (OOHC) are a vulnerable population. They are at increased risk of poor mental health and developmental delays, and may experience a lack of affordable housing and poor pathways to employment.
The transition to adulthood without family support can be challenging for young people leaving OOHC after they turn 18 years of age. Some have argued that young people can be better supported during their transition to adulthood by extending care until 21 years of age or later.
This webinar will look at how extending care could improve a range of critical outcomes for these young people. The presenters will review how policy has developed over recent decades, and outline the potential economic benefits of extending care to young people transitioning from OOHC to adulthood. They will also discuss the emerging evidence on extended care implemented internationally and consider its implications for policy and practice in Australia.
This webinar will be of interest to practitioners working with young people, particularly in OOHC and related social support services.