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In our own words

Systemic inquiry into the lived experience of children and young people in the Victorian out-of-home care system
Foster care First Nations children Child welfare Out-of-home care Child protection First Peoples child protection Residential care Victoria
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The Commission for Children and Young People’s systemic inquiry into the lived experiences of children and young people in out-of-home care was established in April 2018, pursuant to section 39 of the Commission for Children and Young People Act 2012. As part of the inquiry, the Commission spoke with a total of 204 young people from rural, regional and metropolitan Victoria who were currently living in or had recently left out-of-home care, inviting them to tell us their stories of what it is like to live and grow up in the out-of-home care system, what works well and what needs to change.

The consultation methodology was designed with young people with experience of the care system. The CCYP partnered with Y-Change consultants from Berry Street to develop the consultation methodology, including the framing of questions and measures to ensure that participants felt safe to share their experiences.

Consultations were recorded verbatim by Commission staff, and quotes from those records are used throughout the report. The CCYP has sought, as much as possible, to honour and to accurately reflect the views of the children and young people we spoke to and the words they used to express those views. The Commission’s consultations with children and young people served as the guide for further examination of the system.

The Commission’s findings are grouped under the key themes identified through their consultations:

  • voice
  • home
  • safety
  • family
  • friends and community
  • carers
  • workers

The Commission also spoke to 82 Aboriginal children and young people with experience of the care system; their input is featured throughout the report and there is also a discussion about the particular issues facing Aboriginal children and young people in a separate section of this report.

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