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What's the Plan? Living in Tasmania
In Tasmania the Children, Young Persons and their Families Act 1997 and the Planning for Leaving Care and After Care Support Policy say the Department of Health and Human Services must ensure a young person is provided with help and planning in their transition from being a child in care to independence and adulthood. www.fostercare.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/38928/Planning_for_Leaving_Care_and_After_Care_Support.pdf
So how do I get a plan? Who is responsible for leaving care planning?
Child Protection Workers are responsible for developing your leaving care plan with you.
If you don’t have an assigned Child Protection Worker you can still contact the Department of Health and Human Services or your placement provider to say you’d like to start planning your transition to independence.
Department of Health and Human Services
- T 1300 135 513
- A GPO Box 125, Hobart TAS 7001
- W www.dhhs.tas.gov.au
How long does a plan last?
Planning should begin from at least age 15. Your final leaving care plan will last for the duration of your transition to independence (until you reach 21).
What happens if I want to do something different and it is already in my plan?
Your plan should describe the supports in place for you leading up to and after you leave care, and who is responsible. If you have left care, and you need extra support that’s not in your plan, you can go back and ask for help. If you are still under 21 contact your local DHHS office. If you are 21- 25 contact the After Care Support Program on 03 6233 2273 (details below).
What if I have tried to get a plan but it is not happening? (Making a complaint)
Sometimes these things take time. However, your plan is VERY important! If you have not had a response within a week, you could try writing your worker a letter, sending an email or ringing them. It’s good to keep records of how you tried to contact your worker and the date.
If your worker has not contacted you to set a meeting time within a month you should ask to speak with a Team Leader or Manager, telling them the steps you’ve taken, and saying you would like their help to set a date for planning.
If after all of this you still have not been involved in developing your transition plan then you can give feedback or make a complaint to:
Department of Health and Human Services – Child Protection Manger in your region
- T 1800 001 170
- A Ground Floor, 99 Bathurst St, Hobart TAS 7000 or 111 Cameron St, Launceston TAS 7250
- E email@example.com
- W www.ombudsman.tas.gov.au
The Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA) is a national, one-off payment of up to $1500 that helps young people 15 to 25 years old who have been in care or have exited. Ask your case worker for more information on how to apply or contact Southern Youth and Family Service.
Southern Youth and Family Service (SYFS)
What other supports should I know about?
The Department of Health and Human Services website
Outta Here – Your Options, Your Choices Transition from care kit
This kit is packed with information about support services and general knowledge that you will need to know when you leave care. In Tassie every young person in statutory care 15 years and above is entitled to receive a kit. Your case worker should arrange a kit for you. If for some reason you miss out on a kit or you have questions about transitioning from care, call your local DHHS Child Protection Office, or call CREATE.
- T 1800 655 105
After Care Support Program
This program provides financial assistance for those under 25 years of age to undertake further study, improve employment opportunities, develop and maintain relationships with family members, improve links to the wider community, access counselling services, participate in creative activities.
- A PO Box 538, Hobart TAS 7001
- T 03 6233 2273
Disability Support Services
If you are a young person with a disability you may be eligible for support from the After Care Support Program, call 03 6233 2273, or from Disability and Community Services
For more information, referral or advice contact us - CREATE Foundation