YOUNG people leaving the child protection system will now have access to 24-hour support for the first time as part of a new program designed with the help of youth who have experienced out of home care.
Over the next four years the Next Step After Care Services program in the South Burnett will receive $570 ,000 from the Queensland Government after being launched by Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman today.
"Signing a lease, preparing for a job interview or managing your money can be daunting for anyone when they turn 18, but many people have strong family or friendship networks to help them along the way," Ms Fentiman said.
"I want young people leaving care to have similar support, young people with first-hand experience of out of home care provided excellent ideas to help develop Next Step."
Next Step will give young people practical support about issues including accommodation, managing money, education, becoming job ready or issues with family and friends.
The initiative will be delivered by South Burnett CTC.
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington has welcomed the initiative which was developed under the former LNP Government following recommendations made by the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry.
"It is good to see that Labor have acknowledged this was an important initiative and will now implement it across Queensland, including funding for the South Burnett," Mrs Frecklington said.
"Our region desperately needs this support, and I'd like to congratulate South Burnett CTC on being chosen to deliver these services locally."
About 500 young people a year in Queensland transition from care and here a further 1500 who are under 21 who have already transitioned.
Young people can phone or text 1800NEXTSTEP or via email, social media or through regional service providers.
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