The journey starts here

Every year in November Queensland celebrates TFC (Transition from Care) Month – a chance to focus on and celebrate the journey to independence undertaken by young people leaving our child protection system.

This year marks the third anniversary of the initiative, which encourages us all to think about how the 400 plus young people aging out of the care system each year in Queensland can best be supported to make a successful transition to independence.

TFC Month encourages those both in government and non-government organisations who work with young people to consider the following key messages about good practice in this area;

•During this time of ‘growing up’ for young person the relationships they have with significant adults in their life are of vital importance
•In the midst of all other work with children and young people, time and resources should be set aside to support young people transition from care to independence, and
•Young people need all the adults in their life working in collaboration to provide support.

While the term “TFC” is widely used, the various organisations that combine to make up the G-Force group believe that “transition to independence” better represents the situation faced by young people at this point in their lives.

Gforce is seeking the views of the whole sector, workers, foster carers and significant others in a young person’s life by responding to the questions in this survey. This will help us get a better picture of what is happening across the state and form a picture of what good practice around Transitioning to Independence should look like.

Thanks for your responses.

* 1. What is your current position?

* 2. What is your postcode?

* 3. What does transition to independence mean to you?

* 4. What works in supporting young people to a successful transition to independence?

* 5. What are the barriers to a successful transition?

* 6. What kind of information, tools or things should young people have access to during and after their transition?

* 7. What is out there that young people can access during and after transitioning to independence?

* 8. Who should be involved in supporting young people in transitioning to independence?