Young People Leaving Care

Auditor General's overview

Making the transition to independent living can be a difficult and risky time for young people. This is particularly so for young people who have been in care. The trauma many have experienced impacts their physical and mental health and their engagement with education. When they leave care they can find it difficult to get a house or a job and may have no one to turn to for help if things go wrong. To transition to independent living successfully, they need support.

 

 

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Young People Leaving Care Summary Video

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Introduction and background
This audit assessed whether the Department of Communities (the Department) effectively supports young people leaving its care to successfully transition into independent living ... read more
Audit conclusion
The leaving care support the Department provides makes a positive difference to the young people who receive it. Read more
Key findings
A review of service provider reports over 3 years provided examples of support that changed young people’s lives for the better. Read more
Recommendations
Prepare young people more effectively for leaving care by establishing systems and reporting across all district offices that ... read more
Response from the Department of Communities
Every child deserves the opportunity to reach adulthood equipped with the skills and abilities necessary to live healthy, happy and safe lives. Read more
Audit focus and scope
The audit assessed whether the Department of Communities (the Department) effectively supports young people leaving its care to successfully transition into independent living. Read more
Appendix 1
Leaving care support funding for 2014-15 to 2016-17. Read more
Appendix 2
Description of main support provided in July to December 2017 reporting period. Read more