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The 2019 VIA Conference will provide an in-depth exploration of three key issues identified by children and young people with a care experience as fundamental to improving the out-of-home care system.  The conference format will feature a daily keynote address from inspirational thought leaders in the care system, followed by a series of interactive, workshop style sessions focused on applying the insights of young people, carers and professionals to some of the key issues facing our sector.

Come and collaborate with the young leaders of Australia’s out-of-home care system as they explore, and discuss solutions for, the following topics:

  • It’s my life and I deserve a say: Creating the best outcomes for young people by demonstrating how to break through the complexity of including their voices in the decision making process. As part of this discussion, we will look at how information about children and young people in care can be managed with sensitivity and respect.
  • Where do I go now?: How we can best support young people leaving care to improve outcomes, including a focus on providing the option for young people to be supported by the care system past the age of 18.
  • Listen to me when something’s not right: Following on from the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, we will explore how the complaints process for children and young people in care needs to be improved so that we learn from the lessons of the past.

These issues were identified through consultations with over 1000 children and young people with a care experience while developing CREATE’s 2018-2021 Strategic Plan.