Support for young people in care

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All young people and children in care should have support from their foster care caseworker.

From the time you enter care, your Community Services caseworker will always be accessible for counselling and support — whether it be during regular reviews and case conferences, during emergencies or at special times you need advice and assistance.

Your case plan will outline all the support you might need during your care period, from psychologists and other medical or dental health services to remedial teaching or respite care.

Your caseworker should work with you and your family to develop an individual case plan to suit your needs. You will be the key player in this planning process, and your views will shape the plan for your future.

This is called "participation in planning"— see more on how you can take part in planning your life while in care.

Other support services

CREATE Foundation is a national foundation for children and young people in out-of-home care and those who have left care.

The main activities of CREATE include:

  • conducting forums to allow young people in care to voice their views
  • training through peer support education
  • representing the views of young people in care to government and non-government agencies, the media and educational and training bodies
  • producing a newsletter for young people.

Call CREATE on 1800 655 105 or 02 9267 0977 or visit its website.

See a full list of support and counselling contacts.

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To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 (24 hours/7 days)