- Helping young people from all walks of life brochure (generic), Next Step Plus
- Helping young people from all walks of life brochure (for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people), Next Step Plus
- Helping young people from all walks of life poster, Next Step Plus
- Are you in care? (QCAT information brochure)
- TACT Fostering and Adoption, 2019, Language that cares: Changing the way professionals talk about Children in Care.
- National Clinical Assessment Framework for Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care (OOHC)–March 2011
- Transition to Independent Living allowance
- My future plan: Tools and resources for transition (template)
CREATE Your Future
The CREATE Your Future (CYF) program provides young people aged 15–25 with the relevant skills and knowledge to effectively transition from care into independence. The life skills and self- and community-awareness required to successfully manage the challenges of everyday life are broad, and translating knowledge and values into abilities that enable young people to excel is the foundation of this program.
Other useful contacts and resources for young people:
NSAC is facilitated by Life Without barriers and offers assistance to young people with access to practical advice, support and referrals related to issues such as housing, money management, relationships, education and training, legal advice and health.
Youth Housing and Reintegration Services (YHARS) (07)3151 6666
YHARS offers assistance to young people (12 to 21 years of age) who are transitioning from care and who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. It provides support, financial help, and access to different accommodation options.
Youth support services are intended to help children and young people aged 8 to 21 if they are having trouble with any aspect of their life such as housing, education, or family.
QLD Youth Hub 13 74 68
This offers an online space where young people can have a say about issues that affect them.
TAFE QLD 1300 308 233
Find out about TAFE opportunities.
Drivers licence 13 23 80
Find out how to apply for a drivers licence.
Open Doors Youth Service 3257 7660
This service offers counselling and support for LGBTIQ young people aged 12 to 24.
Headspace 1800 650 890
Information and resources covering a wide range of relevant issues and topics.
Sexual Health Service 13 43 25 84
The website provides a list of sexual health clinics, community health services, and Queensland Health clinical contacts.
Department of Housing 13 74 68
Medicare 132 011
Under 25s Money Smart 1300 300 630
The website offers tips on challenges such as buying a first car, moving out of home, first job or dealing with a first big bill.
Australian Electoral Commission 13 23 26
Use this website to enrol to vote.
Time In Care Information Access Service 1800 809 078
This website provides detailed information about a young person’s time in care including a Time in Care Report and some documents the department holds.
Tools for practitioners
Tools associated with the Strengthening families Protecting children Framework for practice aim to increase our engagement, assessment, planning and process skills. These tools include:
- Solution-focused inquiry (SFI), which is a questioning approach and/or interviewing practice based on a simple idea with profound ramifications—that the areas people pay attention to grow. SFI provides strategies for workers to efficiently and effectively facilitate a change process by using questions to develop a vision for change. (SFI assumes the family is competent to change should they decide to do so.)
- Three Houses Tool—a process for involving young people and their families in assessment and planning
- The Safety House Tool—a process for engaging young people in safety planning
- The Future House Tool—a process for assisting parents and caregivers to identify their vision and goals for the young person’s future safety, belonging and wellbeing. This tool can also be useful when working with young people transitioning to adulthood
- The Family Roadmap—a process for eliciting the views of young people for detailed planning
- Circles of Safety and Support Tool—a process to help young people identify people in their safety and support network
- The Safe contact tool—The safe contact tool has been designed to engage all of the significant people in the young person’s life, including the young person, in decision making and planning. This is to ensure that contact between the young person and their family is safe, and is regular and frequent enough that it enables the young person to maintain their connections with their family, community and culture.
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