Supporting young parents with an out-of-home care (OOHC) experience


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7 September 2022, 01:00PM to 02:00PM


Jade Purtell, Kylie Bolland, Naima Ali, Stewart Muir


Many young people with experience of out-of-home care (OOHC) have complex histories of trauma and neglect and generally poorer health, education and employment outcomes than their peers. They are also more likely to become parents at a young age and to have their children enter the child protection system or be taken into care. Although there is limited research about the needs and outcomes of young parents with a care experience, there is evidence to suggest that trauma-informed and therapeutic models of support can lead to better outcomes.  

This webinar shares researcher, practitioner and service user insights about supporting young parents with a care experience. It covers:

  • Ways to approach young parents with experience of the OOHC system
  • How to approach and understand young parents’ motivations to become parents
  • The paradox of 'surveillance bias' and the potential risks of protective interventions
  • How healing relational trauma and loss is key to preventing intergenerational child protection involvement
  • Key elements of the practice model – peer work, partnerships

This webinar will interest practitioners working in the child, family, community and welfare sectors who encounter or directly work with young parents who have experience in OOHC.

This webinar is produced in collaboration with the National Association for Prevention of Child abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) for National Child Protection Week. AIFS supports this campaign and embraces the theme that ‘Every child, in every community, needs a fair go’. 


Manager, Peer worker models for transitions from care. Monash University. 
Jade Purtell is a multidisciplinary researcher and practitioner focused on out-of-home care and transitions from care experiences and policy. Her own work in out-of-home care and transitions from care research and youth participation has informed the development of the Adaptive Participation Model that provides a pragmatic guide to implementing new participatory initiatives in research, policy and practice. Jade works across academia and the community sector to promote young people's participation in policy development and decision-making. Jade has recently been working with the CREATE DFFH Better Futures Youth Expert Advisory Group and BSL on the practice framework for statewide reforms to transition from care services and is undertaking her PhD at Monash University on care leavers and early pregnancy and parenting. This research is funded by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.

Kylie Bolland Team Leader at Caboolture Young Mothers for Young Women

Team Leader at Caboolture Young Mothers for Young Women
Kylie Bolland has worked in communities across Queensland for over 25 years supporting individuals and families, with an emphasis on working alongside young families. She has a particular interest in supporting women impacted by domestic and family violence, homelessness or involved with the child protection system.  
She is passionate about developing partnerships and building systems collaborations to address systemic responses to families.

Naima Ali is a CREATE young consultant with an experience in out of home care.

Youth Support Worker, Residential Care
I’m Naima I’m 24, and I have a beautiful 9-year-old son. In my role as a youth support worker, I help young people achieve goals they’ve set, and try to keep them engaged. I’m also studying a Bachelor of Social Science Majoring in Criminology.

In 2020 I started working with CREATE, the national consumer body representing the voices of ALL children and young people in out-of-home care. At CREATE, I’ve been part of different workshops/projects, I meet the most amazing people, I am learning to use my voice a lot more, and I have learned how important Young People with lived experience, voices and stories are.

I’ll be sharing insights from my experience as a parent who started my journey as a mother in Residential Care.

Stewart Muir Executive Manager of the Child & Family Evidence research program.

Executive Manager of the Child & Family Evidence research program at the Australian Institute of Family Studies
Stewart has more than 25 years’ experience as a researcher in private consultancy, academia and government and has extensive experience of developing and administering multi-method research and evaluation projects. He has led projects on military families, out-of-home care, service provision to families, and building service capacity for evidence-based practice. He also has extensive experience working with Australian First Peoples and communities experiencing disadvantage. In addition to his subject matter expertise, Stewart has taught and published on qualitative research methods.