Failure of Care in State Care: In-Care Abuse and Postcare Homelessness

Failure of Care in State Care: In-Care Abuse and Postcare Homelessness

This article reviews initial findings from an Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute [AHURI]-funded research project examining housing outcomes among Australian young people who have been in state out-of-home care. Our findings suggest a linkage between incidents of in-care abuse and poor postcare housing outcomes among our research participants, including primary homelessness. Not attending school when leaving care was also highly associated with having experienced in-care abuse. The authors postulate that adverse in-care experiences may have contributed to poor postcare housing outcomes among the research participants; and this article raises a number of specific concerns related to neglect, abuse and assault while in care. It is also argued that support in the transition from care needs to be strengthened to mitigate poor post-care outcomes, as does accountability for in-care adversities.

JOURNAL: Children Australia
VOLUME: 36
ISSUE: 1
PAGES: 4-11
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011
LOCATION: Australia