Indigenous children and young people are overrepresented in the Australian out-of-home care (OOHC) system. To date, specific research has not been undertaken on workers' perspectives regarding the Indigenous-specific and non-Indigenous supports and services available to Indigenous young people exiting the system. This exploratory research involved focus group consultations with workers from seven child and family welfare agencies to examine the current support services available to Indigenous young people who are in or will be leaving out-of-home care in the State of Victoria. Findings suggest that Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) play a positive role in working with non-Indigenous agencies to assist Indigenous care leavers. Participants identified some key strategies to improve outcomes, such as facilitating stronger relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous services, and improving the resourcing of ACCOs.
This study is supported by a grant from the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (Australia). The project involves a partnership between Monash University and a consortium of child and family welfare agencies: the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, Wesley Mission, Jesuit Social Services, Berry Street Victoria, MacKillop Family Services and the Salvation Army Westcare.
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Indigenous Young People Transitioning from Out-of-Home Care (OOHC) in Victoria, Australia: The Perspectives of Workers in Indigenous-Specific and Non-Indigenous Non-Government Services. The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 7(3)
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