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Inner Gippsland

My Views booklet ensures voice of children and young people heard

My Views Booklet_Inner Gippsland News

The Inner Gippsland Area Partnership has co-designed the 'My Views' booklet with young people to ensure the voices of children and young people in out-of-home care are heard, after numerous reports children and young people in out-of-home care feel like they are not engaged in key decisions made about their lives.

Holding an Innovation Bootcamp focused on designing a better care system for children and young people in their area, the Partnership brought together young people, service providers and carers as co-designers and co-facilitators of the day to better understand the experience and needs of young people in care.

This involvement of young people and organisations from different parts of the system was critical to the success of the day, as assumptions of service providers were challenged and shifts occurred in people’s way of thinking about the issue.

The day allowed all members of the Inner Gippsland Area Partnership to gain a shared understanding of, and commitment to, improving the experience of children and young people in care. A range of key actions to improve the experience of and outcomes for children and young people in OOHC were agreed upon, including:

  • Voice of the child: Ensuring the voice of children and young people in OOHC is heard
  • The Nest: Improving educational outcomes for children and young people in OOHC
  • Shinning System Support: Ensuring all carers are provided with the support they require to be equipped to care for the children in their care
  • Putting Trauma Informed Practice on the Map: Developing a shared trauma informed practice across Inner Gippsland.

The ‘My Views’ booklet is currently being used by partners of the Inner Gippsland Area Partnership, including Anglicare Victoria and Berry Street.

The Inner Gippsland Area Partnership is committed to reviewing and updating the My Views booklet, and feedback from both young people and service providers has been used to update it since its launch.