Care leaver support extended to age 21

Date published:
27 Jun 2024

The ACT Government has issued a media release today that care leaver support has been extended to 21-years-old in the ACT. Young people leaving statutory out of home care will have a right to access support until their 21st birthday under legislation passed in the ACT Legislative Assembly today.

'This reform, included in the Children and Young People Amendment Bill 2024 (No. 2), is backed by $10 million in the ACT Budget for a new model of support for young adults transitioning to adulthood from the out of home care system'.

The RACP welcomes this news, which we called for in our Health Care of Children in Care and Protection Services position statement, which was launched last year:

'Must implement a nationally consistent framework for young people leaving care up to the age of 21 years to ensure they have access to the health and services they need, including mental health outreach and substance use support programs.'

Media release l Position statement

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