In our own words: Systemic inquiry into the lived experience of children and young people in the Victorian out-of-home care system

In our own words: Systemic inquiry into the lived experience of children and young people in the Victorian out-of-home care system

28 November 2019

This report highlights young people's views on life in out-of-home care in Victoria.

This report has been published by the Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP), Victoria.

The report presents the findings of an inquiry into out-of-home care in Victoria.

The inquiry drew on consultations with 204 children and young people about what it is like to live and grow up in the out-of-home care system, what works well and what needs to change, as well as the distinct issues faced by Aboriginal children.

Particular issues identified include:

  • strain and stress within the child protection system
  • the lack of involvement of children and young people in significant decisions
  • the over-representation of Aboriginal children and young people in care
  • poor compliance with processes to support connection to culture
  • safety concerns in residential care.

Download the report via the CCYP Victoria website. (PDF)

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