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Stories of aftercare services and support needs after leaving care: a snapshot from the Stories of Resourcing and Resourcefulness project

Version 2 updated 14 March 2019
Out-of-home care Residential care Children Social services Youth Australia

Many young people who leave out-of-home care (OOHC) struggle to access the resources they require for independent living. Young people who have been in OOHC should have access to the kinds of supports available to young people who have not been in care and should have the same life opportunities as their peers. Understanding how to better resource these young people is essential to improving their wellbeing. Drawing on biographical narrative interviews with 22 young people, this snapshot presents preliminary findings on young people’s experiences of accessing services after leaving OOHC. In particular, it has a focus on the pathways young people take before accessing aftercare services, and their experience of using aftercare services.

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