What are some keys to helping young people to gain planning and independent living skills?

Developing Independence (DI) is a certificate course aimed at increasing engagement in education, training and aspiration-building for young people in Victoria.

The initial evaluation was of two of the program’s pilots and played a role in deciding if the course should continue.

The Developing Independence course is also being piloted with young people in residential out-of-home care as a fresh approach to help them remain engaged in education, pursue personal goals and achieve economic independence. Skills for Independence is a pilot of Developing Independence in four sites across Victoria with young people who have experienced a child protection or youth justice order.

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By Marion Coddou and Joseph Borlagdan 2018

The Stage Two evaluation of the Developing Independence program in an Out-of-Home Care pilot

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By Lisa Conley 2018

How can we support young people who have experienced a child protection or youth justice order to make a successful transition to adulthood?

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By Aaron Hart, Joseph Borlagdan and Shelley Mallett 2017

This study examined stage 1 of a pilot program to help prepare young people in out-of-home care to navigate the transitions to an independent young adulthood.

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