Improving housing outcomes for young people leaving out-of-home care
Nov 12, 2021
The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) has published a research report titled “Accommodating Transitions: Improving housing outcomes for young people leaving out-of-home care.” The study involved following more than 1800 young people leaving care in Victoria for a period of four years commencing in 2013 and 2014. The study uncovered some stark findings. After four years, one in five (20%) of the young people had presented to the emergency department following self-harm. Ten percent of the young people leaving care were sentenced to a period of custody, while 21% received a community youth justice order. Analysis of a sub-cohort where more data was available revealed that 68% of young people had accessed homelessness services in the four years after exiting care.