The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is increasing support for young people leaving care.
Tenders closed in November for a mentoring program to support children as they move to greater independence.
The Visitor and Mentoring Program for Young People is designed to support young people aged 15 to 25.
The program will work alongside existing programs such as:
• the After Care Support Program, which provides up to $2500 for educational expenses, counselling or other services that promote independence
• the CREATE Your Future Program, run by the CREATE Foundation to help develop independent living skills, is provided with $100,000 a year
• the Moving On program, funded by the State Government and managed by Kennerley Children's Homes, provides transitional housing.
In Tasmania, around 120 young people aged 15 to 17 years are typically in out-of-home care.
DHHS works closely with the Department of Education to provide personal learning plans for all children and young people in care.
Work is also underway to further improve communication across government and allow greater monitoring of the welfare of young people in care.
4 December 2012