Towards Independent Adulthood Evaluation Report

Aim of publication

The report evaluates the Towards Independent Adulthood (TIA) Trial, which tested the effectiveness of wrap-around support services for young people transitioning from out of home care (OOHC) through an intensive case management service, priority access to government funded services and online resources.

Who is it for?

The evaluation report is for policy makers, service providers, academics, advocates for young people in or leaving care and state and territory child protection organisations.

What does it cover?

The trial was an initiative conducted under the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009 2020 (the National Framework). The TIA Trial was conducted over three years from 2017-2020, by Wanslea Family Services in collaboration with Yorgum Aboriginal Corporation (an Aboriginal community organisation), to provide culturally appropriate services to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander participants.
The evaluation found the trial improved access to opportunities and provided a more seamless transition for the young people involved across a number of areas including; housing stability, employment, education, relationships, support networks and life skills. Success factors related to the achievement of outcomes include a dedicated, capable workforce, effective collaboration between the leaving care service provider and government, resourcing and case load management, and operation outside the formal child protection system.

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