Young People with Disability Leaving care in
NSW
Ilan Katz, Beth Goldblatt, Robyn Edwards, Marilyn McHugh
ACWA Conference,...
DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre
Will cover
 Issues related to young people with disability leaving
care
 The ...
DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre
Issues
 YP leaving care and YP with disability approaching
adulthood both crea...
DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre
Leaving care
 Most YP do not leave home at 18 and are not
expected to manage o...
DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre
People with disability
 YP with disability face particular challenges moving t...
DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre
Principles for YP with disabilities
transitioning to adulthood
 comprehensive ...
DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre
YP with disability in OOHC
 Very little information on how many children in OO...
EVALUATION OF NSW ADHC LEAVING CARE
PROGRAM
The Leaving Care Program
 Multi agency program consisting of:
Transition planning
 Case management
 Access to support
...
DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre
The ADHC LCP cont
 ADHC notified two years before a young person’s exit
date f...
DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre
Evaluation Questions
 How many young people with a disability have been
referr...
DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre
Methods
 Literature review and program document analysis;
 Administrative dat...
DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre
Client characteristics
 193 program participants
 38% women and 62% men
 A f...
DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre
Findings and Recommendations
Key finding:
“the Leaving Care Program is function...
DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre
Some issues raised by participants
 Self definition of disability
– Many did n...
DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre
Case study
Emily is an 18 year old woman living in a group home.
She is visuall...
DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre
Contact details
Ilan Katz
i.katz@unsw.edu.au
Beth Goldblatt
b.goldblatt@unsw.ed...
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  • Ageing, Disability and Home Care’s (ADHC) Leaving Care Program (LCP) supports young people with a disability to transition effectively from the care of the Minister for Community Services (CS) and to live as independently as possible. The LCP is underpinned by partnerships with the CS and Housing departments as reflected in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between ADHC and CS and the NSW Housing and Human Services Accord.
  • ADHC commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) and the Disability Studies and Research Centre (DSRC) based at the University of New South Wales to evaluate its LCP with the objectives of evaluating the outcomes of the Program for the participants and whether the Program has been implemented as intended. The evaluation commenced in July 2009 and concludes in June 2010.
  • The survey found that most young people were satisfied with services and happy with their living situations.
  • It is an important and well funded program that is generally meeting its objectives of supporting young people with disabilities leaving care to manage this transition. A wide range of stakeholders were consulted and there was general satisfaction with the program. The consultation highlighted a number of program strengths and best practices as well as certain concerns. The strengths included that the program was flexible, well resourced and had encouraged inter-agency relationships that were having positive outcomes for participants. There are a number of challenges for program improvement and refinement and these will now be discussed under recommendations.
  • Katz.pptx - Association of Childrens Welfare Agencies

    1. 1. Young People with Disability Leaving care in NSW Ilan Katz, Beth Goldblatt, Robyn Edwards, Marilyn McHugh ACWA Conference, Sydney, August 2010 DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre
    2. 2. DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre Will cover  Issues related to young people with disability leaving care  The NSW ADHC leaving care program  Evaluation methods  Selected findings
    3. 3. DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre Issues  YP leaving care and YP with disability approaching adulthood both create challenges.  Issues are compounded for YP with disability transitioning out of OOHC  Anecdotal evidence that these YP are particularly vulnerable to homelessness and contact with the criminal justice system  Addressing the issue requires a multi-agency response which includes adequate housing, support, advice and participation
    4. 4. DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre Leaving care  Most YP do not leave home at 18 and are not expected to manage on their own at this age, but YP leaving OOHC are expected to do so.  This is even more problematic because of their experiences in care and pre care  OOHC benefits most children but YP leaving care are vulnerable to a range of challenges creating poor outcomes including: – Substance abuse, homelessness, isolation, debt, unemployment, crime.  In order to address this YP need to be supported in their transition.
    5. 5. DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre People with disability  YP with disability face particular challenges moving to adulthood. – Can become very socially excluded as their options for participation are narrowed – Need support to sustain an ‘adult’ life, eg maintaining tenancy, working, socialising etc – Suffer discrimination and exclusion in a number of settings – education, employment and social – Vulnerable to dislocation of services as they move from child to adult service sectors.
    6. 6. DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre Principles for YP with disabilities transitioning to adulthood  comprehensive multi-agency engagement;  full participation of young people and their families;  provision of high quality information;  effective transition planning;  opportunities for living life.  (Council for Disabled Children, 2007).
    7. 7. DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre YP with disability in OOHC  Very little information on how many children in OOHC have a disability – No specific data is kept  1,299 children in care in NSW aged between 15 and 17 years at 30 September 2003 – 198 young people (15%) had a disability. (NSW Children’s Guardian, 2004)  However proportion could be as high as 25% depending on definition
    8. 8. EVALUATION OF NSW ADHC LEAVING CARE PROGRAM
    9. 9. The Leaving Care Program  Multi agency program consisting of: Transition planning  Case management  Access to support  Accommodation  Vocational opportunities and skills development,  A mentoring service  Social and community participation  Began in 2007
    10. 10. DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre The ADHC LCP cont  ADHC notified two years before a young person’s exit date from care, in order to facilitate referral to the LCP and enable transition planning to occur  YP are assessed and a leaving care case plan put in place.  Housing and other support agencies are engaged  Program managed on a regional basis throughout NSW
    11. 11. DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre Evaluation Questions  How many young people with a disability have been referred to the Program – what are the characteristics and circumstances of the eligible young people who have not been referred or taken up support?  What have been the outcomes of the Program for those young people with a disability participating in the Program?  To what extent has the Program been implemented as intended?  What improvements could be made to the Program to improve client outcomes?
    12. 12. DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre Methods  Literature review and program document analysis;  Administrative data analysis;  Client survey (61 out of 187 responded = 32.6% response rate)  Fifteen case studies (clients, family/carers, case worker);  Stakeholder consultations with government, service providers and NGOs (28 consultations with 39 individuals).
    13. 13. DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre Client characteristics  193 program participants  38% women and 62% men  A fifth were aboriginal  Range of disability types, most with more than one disability.  Regional variability regarding numbers of clients
    14. 14. DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre Findings and Recommendations Key finding: “the Leaving Care Program is functioning well and the services are appropriate”
    15. 15. DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre Some issues raised by participants  Self definition of disability – Many did not identify as being a person with disability – Some not comfortable with disability services  Importance of Identity – Family, ethnic, Aboriginal  Re-connection with family  Housing  Focus on ability not disability
    16. 16. DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre Case study Emily is an 18 year old woman living in a group home. She is visually impaired. She lives a very full and active life, including attending a mainstream high school where she sits on the Student Representative Council (SRC) and completing a TAFE course in animal care. She is a member of a choir which performs at concerts and festivals, has done work experience at an ADHC regional office, goes to the gym, enjoys bowling, has contact with her sister and cousins and participates in many social activities. Emily presented the Independent Research Project she had just completed as part of her HSC studies, which examined the gaps in disability services in a regional centre. She was born with some disabilities and health problems (vision impairment and diabetes), however ‘with all these problems I had I was going to enjoy life to the full, nothing was going to stop me’.
    17. 17. DSRCDisability Studies and Research Centre Contact details Ilan Katz i.katz@unsw.edu.au Beth Goldblatt b.goldblatt@unsw.edu.au Acknowledgments Thank you to the people who contributed to the research including the clients of the Leaving Care Program, family members and carers, the people who work with them, stakeholders and the Evaluation Steering Committee members.
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