Working the System

WHO'S GOT YOUR BACK?

OFFICE OF THE GUARDIAN OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

The Guardian is appointed to promote the rights and interests of children and young in care. That means you can talk to them if something isn’t right for you, and they’ll stick up for you.

CREATE FOUNDATION

These guys are the national consumer body representing the voices of children and young people in care. They try to improve the care system, and empower young people in care.

POST CARE SUPPORT SERVICES

Post care support services can help you apply for grants, access case files, sort out housing, and build independence.

ACCESSING YOUR RECORDS

You have the right to access your dcp records, once you are an adult.

It can be a long and confusing process sometimes, and often, your records will still have plenty of information which you can’t read. However. it can be an important step for many care leavers.

You can access your records yourself, or you can get the help of a caseworker. Post Care Support Services assist young care leavers access records, and if you want support through the process, they’re happy to help. Call them on 1800 188 118.

Go to the Freedom of Information website for more information.

YOUR RIGHTS

CHARTER OF RIGHTS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN CARE

This is a list of things that children and young people have the right to have, while they are in care, like being safe, having a voice, and getting help when you need it.

CONSUMER RIGHTS

Under Australian Consumer Law, people have rights which protect them from being scammed, or sold items or services which are faulty or damaged.

RENTING RIGHTS

When you rent, you have tenant rights, which protect you against unfair treatment by your landlord.

The Create your future website has great information about navigating the world.

THE GOM CENTRAL PROJECT IS MADE ON KAURNA AND PERAMANGK COUNTRY.

We wish to acknowledge the Kaurna and Peramangk Peoples, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians; their spiritual, physical, emotional, mental and economic connection to the land and seas. We understand that their inherent cultural and spiritual beliefs continue to sustain the living People of each region.

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