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Transition from Care to Independence

The LNP has announced, if elected, they would extend the support provided to young people in transitioning from care to independence until they turn 21 years of age.

The LNP states that they “understand that young people in out-of-home care have the same needs as those who are not in care, even when they are old enough to leave.”

“An LNP Government will ensure all children aged 15 and over have a transition from care plan that offers personal support for them up to 21 years of age.”

In conjunction with the CREATE Foundation, PeakCare has strongly lobbied for some time about the need for improved services to assist young people in their transition from care to independence.

Beyond the needs of young people who are leaving care, other children and young people who are experiencing transitions of other kinds also need added assistance.  As noted within PeakCare’s Position Paper, Children’s and Young People’s Transitions, this includes children and young people of all ages who may be reunified with their own families after a period of living in out-of-home care or transitioning to another out-of-home care living arrangement.

If you have a view or opinion about the LNP’s plan to extend the support provided to young people in their transition from care to independence, please enter a comment below or email us at election2012@peakcare.org.au.

Lindsay Wegener, Executive Director, PeakCare Queensland

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