Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Transition to independence

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Proportion of young people aged 15 years and over where planning for transition from care planning occured and they participated in the transition from care planning, as at 30 June 2011 Proportion of young people aged 15 years and over where planning for their transition to independence is required and has occurred, as at 30 June 2017

YearParticipated in transition from care planningDid not participate in transition from care planning
2010-11 90 % 10 %

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DescriptionAnnualQuarterly
TCP.1: Number of young people aged 15 years and over subject to a child protection order granting custody or guardianship to the Chief Executive with transition to independence planning, Queensland Excel (XLSX, 18 KB) Excel (XLSX, 21 KB) Excel (CSV, 4 KB)

What is transition to independence planning?

Transition to independence is the process that supports a young person's transition from out-of-home care to independence, in order to maximise their life opportunities and choices.

Transition to independence planning is recorded within the case plan document and commences from the year a young person turns 15. The review of a young person's progress towards achieving transition to independence goals occurs at each case plan review or at least every six months.

Why this topic is important

Young people who are in, or transitioning from, out-of-home care have the same developmental needs as those who are not in care, but they also face a range of unique challenges and circumstances that highlight their need for particular support during this time.

Young people leaving care are often confronted with reconnecting with their families and communities, coming to terms with the reasons why they came into care or finding themselves alone, without the security of a family to fall back on.

A well-planned, gradual and flexible process for transitioning young people to independence is very important, including the potential provision of support for a period of time after they have left care.

As at 30 June 2017, there were 1,376 young people aged 15 years and over subject to a child protection order granting custody or guardianship to the Chief Executive.

Of these, transition to independence planning had occurred for 944 young people or 68.6 per cent. The majority of these young people had participated in their planning (93.3 per cent). Over the past five years there has been a 3.9 percentage point decrease in the proportion of eligible children with a transition to independence plan from 72.5 per cent as at 30 June 2013 to 68.6 per cent as at 30 June 2017.

There are a number of valid reasons why a young person may not have a transition to independence plan recorded. These include instances where transition to independence planning:

  • has not yet occurred (e.g. a young person has only recently turned 15 years and their case plan has not yet been reviewed)
  • has been delayed, because advice has been received from a therapeutic worker that the young person is not ready to commence these discussions
  • has not commenced, as a young person may refuse to engage in planning and the focus of case work is on engaging the young person prior to commencement of meaningful planning
  • has been completed, but not yet recorded
  • has been completed and recorded, but is yet to be approved.
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