Towards Independent Adulthood Trial
Australian and international research consistently demonstrates that young people leaving out-of-home care face higher rates of:
- reliance on welfare;
- physical and mental health problems; and
- contact with the criminal justice system, than young people not in care.
The Trial tested a new service delivery model to better support young people as they transition from formal care to adulthood.
The major components of the model included:
- an intensive case management service;
- priority access to government funded services; and
- online resources and support.
The Towards Independent Adulthood (TIA) trial is an initiative under the Third Action Plan of the National Framework for Protecting Australian Children 2009-2020 that aims to help young people in out-of-home-care to thrive into adulthood. The trial will evaluate the effectiveness of wrap-around support services for young people transitioning from out-of-home-care through an intensive case management service, priority access to government funded services and online resources.
The TIA trial was funded by the Department of Social Services (the department) and is supported by a Memorandum of Understanding between the department and the Western Australian Department of Communities.
The trial was delivered in four sites: metropolitan Perth; Peel; Wheatbelt; and South West regions of Western Australia.
Eight full time Personal Advisers will deliver intensive mentoring and targeted supports to around 80 participants aged 16 years at the beginning of the trial. The trial commenced in mid-2017 and was completed on 30 June 2020.
The TIA Trial targeted the following eight life domains:
- education, training and employment;
- legal matters;
- identity and culture;
- social relationships and support networks;
- financial security; and
- life (and after care) skills.
The trial focused on education, training and employment.
The trial was evaluated by an independent evaluator, ACIL Allen. The evaluation compared the outcomes of the trial to existing Western Australia leaving care services and other similar Australian programs and trials.
State and territory governments will use the evaluation findings to guide future interventions for young people transitioning to adulthood from out-of-home-care.
General enquiries about the Trial can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- TIA trial Evalution Report
- TIA trial Information Sheet
- WA Department of Communities
- National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020
- The National Framework’s Third Action Plan