Media Release

13 June 2018

Guy-Crozier: More support for the most vulnerable

Wednesday 13 June 2018

More support for the most vulnerable

A Liberal Nationals Government will provide more support and care for Victoria’s most vulnerable.

A Liberal Nationals Government will pilot the HomeStretch program and provide funding for 75 places per year over two years for young people transitioning from state care, to support their education, employment, housing, physical and psychological goals.

In a study by Anglicare Victoria it was found that extending support for young people who are transitioning from state care between the ages of 18 to 21, can halve homelessness, prevent alcohol and drug abuse, reduce incidents of mental health, and involvement in the criminal justice system as well as better enable the state’s vulnerable youth to achieve their full potential.

Whilst Victorian legislation already mandates that DHHS support children who transition from state care, studies also indicate that there are still hundreds of cases of individuals unsupported.

An evaluation will be built into the program to ensure it is effective in helping young people at this challenging time.

Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:

“We will provide more support for Victoria’s most vulnerable kids.

“I want to break the current cycle of despair that young vulnerable people experience and this initiative will give those young people hope for the future.”

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Families and Children, Georgie Crozier:

“A Liberal Nationals Government will provide practical and useful support to vulnerable young people who are leaving state care because we think every young person deserves a future where they can strive for their dreams.

“Young people leaving state care face an uncertain future and we are committed to making sure that each one has the opportunities to improve their education and training, get a good job and plan for their future.”