Beyond 18 – Young People Leaving Care outcomes study

Strong families, safe children: Directions in Victorian child and family services
Friday 27 July, 1130 – 1150

Presenters

Stewart Muir
Australian Institute of Family Studies

Meredith Jones
Department of Health and Human Services

Eleanor Williams
Department of Health and Human Services

Abstract
This session explores approaches to understanding outcomes for young people leaving care from two perspectives.

Stewart Muir presents the main findings to date from the Beyond 18 study, which tracked a cohort of 200 young people leaving care by conducting surveys at different intervals over a period of three years. This study explored outcomes for these young people in domains such as placement and stability, reflections on experience in care, health and wellbeing, education, housing and income. The benefits and challenges of this approach will be discussed.

Eleanor Williams and Meredith Jones explore a different approach to understanding outcomes for young people leaving care. They present the findings of analysis that traces the trajectories of care leavers through the service system using linked administrative data and discuss the benefits and limitations of this as an alternative way to understand outcomes for young people leaving care.