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|Title:||Young people with complex needs leaving out-of-home care: service issues and the need to enhance practice and policy|
|Citation:||Children Australia, 2016; 41(1):69-79|
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press (CUP)|
|Catia Malvaso and Paul Delfabbro|
|Abstract:||Leaving statutory out-of-home care (OOHC) is a challenging time for many young people; however, certain groups have greater difficulty transitioning to independence. This includes young people with multiple and complex needs, such as those suffering from mental health problems and disabilities, as well as young people with borderline conditions or who disengage from services. The aim of this study was to gain a deeper understanding of the service issues pertaining to these vulnerable groups in South Australia, as well as to identify ways that policy and practice can be enhanced to better facilitate service engagement. Twenty-nine individual interviews and focus groups were conducted with people working in organisations who have knowledge of, or contact with, young people leaving care (N = 66). Thematic analysis was used to organise responses according to two overarching themes: (1) Issues with current leaving care services and preparation, and (2) Enhancing policy and practice. The principal challenges related to difficulties in matching the structure of formal services to a population with highly unstructured living arrangements, a history of problematic engagement with the care system, and difficulties arising due to service ineligibility issues. Potential improvements to the current system and program delivery are discussed.|
|Keywords:||young people; out-of-home care; services; practice; policy|
|Rights:||© The Author(s) 2015|
|Appears in Collections:||Psychology publications|
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