Developing Independence evaluation

09 April 2017

Developing Independence is a certificate course to help residents of youth foyers to develop their personal vision and gain confidence to re-engage with learning, employment and community life.

A study of two pilots of the course was undertaken to inform its continuing development.

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George Myconos 2014, Developing Independence: evaluating an educational initiative for young people facing homelessness  (PDF file, 456 KB)

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.


Aaron Hart, Joseph Borlagdan and Shelley Mallett 2017, Paying attention to the future: piloting the Certificate 1 in Developing Independence in out-of-home care settings (PDF, 643 KB)


Contact: Joseph Borlagdan jborlagdan(at)

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse. Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

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