Towards Independent Adulthood Trial

Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Aim of the Trial
  3. Support by Wanslea for the young people
  4. Length of the Trial
  5. Evaluation of the Trial
  6. More information

Overview

Australian and international research consistently demonstrates that young people leaving out-of-home care face higher rates of:

  • homelessness;
  • unemployment;
  • reliance on welfare;
  • physical and mental health problems; and
  • contact with the criminal justice system, than young people not in care.

The Australian Government is investing in the Towards Independent Adulthood (TIA) Trial to support this particularly vulnerable group of young people. The TIA Trial is an action under Strategy 2 of the Third Action Plan.

The Trial will test a new service delivery model to better support young people as they transition from formal care to adulthood.

The major components of the model include:

  • an intensive case management service;
  • priority access to government funded services; and
  • online resources and support.

Wanslea Family Services (Wanslea), a Western Australian (WA) non-government organisation, will deliver the intensive case management service in metropolitan Perth and the Peel, Wheatbelt and South West regions of WA.

The Trial is a collaborative effort of the Department of Social Services, the WA Department for Child Protection and Family Support, and Wanslea.

Aim of the Trial

The Trial aims to increase the wellbeing and future outcomes of young people leaving care and reduce the likelihood of their reliance on services.

The Trial will contribute to improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, families and communities. This aligns with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families cross-cutting focus area of the Third Action Plan.

Wanslea will work with Yorgum, an Aboriginal organisation, to provide culturally appropriate services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people participating in the Trial.

The WA Department for Child Protection and Family Support will ask about 80 eligible young people to participate in the Trial.

Participation in the Trial is voluntary. Young people must provide written consent to participate in the Trial. They can leave the Trial by revoking consent in writing.

Support by Wanslea for the young people

Wanslea will employ eight Personal Advisers to provide one-on-one mentoring and support. The Personal Advisers will also be referred to as Mentors.

Personal Advisers will help the young people to gain skills for independent living and to access specialist services.

The TIA Trial will target the following eight life domains:

  • education, training and employment;
  • housing;
  • health;
  • legal matters;
  • identity and culture;
  • social relationships and support networks;
  • financial security; and
  • life (and after care) skills.

The focus will be on education, training and employment.

An image illustrating the factors that impact on a young person's transition from out-of-home-care to independence. The image contains 4 circles which encircle one another. The central circle denotes the young person, followed by preparation and planning, then the eight life domains, and support. Outside of the fourth circle are listed the individuals and groups that have contact with the young person, for example, carers, family and workers.

As part of the Trial, young people will receive priority access to state and Australian government-funded services.

Length of the Trial

Each young person in the Trial will be supported by a Personal Adviser from mid-2017 to mid-2020.

Evaluation of the Trial

The Trial will be evaluated by an independent evaluator. The evaluation will compare the outcomes of the Trial to existing WA leaving care services and other similar Australian programs and trials.

State and territory governments can use the evaluation findings to guide future interventions for young people.

More information

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