The Children in Care Collective is committed to better supporting young people when they leave the out-of-home care system. In November 2019, the Collective signed up to support the NSW Home Stretch call to action.
Home Stretch is a campaign backed by many organisations who believe the out-of-home care system should support vulnerable youth until they are 21 years old, rather than ending formal care arrangements at the age of 18 years. The Collective fully endorses this position.
The Children in Care Collective has undertaken a small qualitative review of existing and recent plans for care-leavers among member agencies. The review report focuses on the need for a legal framework in New South Wales, together with adequate resourcing, that guarantees access to unconditional stable and secure housing and individualised relational support for all young people leaving care until at least the age of 21 years. July 2021
The Children in Care Collective supports the call on the Australian Council of Attorneys-General by the Australian and New Zealand Children’s Commissioners and Guardians (ANZCCG) to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 years of age to the internationally recognised standard of 14 years.
The Children in Care Collective has made representations to the NSW Attorney-General supporting a decision in 2021 to raise the age of criminal responsibility in Australia from 10 years to 14 years. July 2021
Proposed increase in the cost to students of social work degrees
Following representations to individual government ministers, in September 2020 the Children in Care Collective made a submission to the Education and Employment Legislation Committee which reviewed the government’s Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-Ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020. The Collective’s particular concern was the proposed increase in student contributions to the cost of social work degrees.
The consultations on the Job-Ready Graduates legislation resulted in the Government announcing that it proposed creating ‘the disciplines of Professional Pathway Psychology and Professional Pathway Social Work’ and that social work studies would be moved to a lower tier of fees