Tri-Peaks webinar: Stand up for our rights – A youth empowerment project

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Tri-Peaks webinar: Stand up for our rights – A youth empowerment project

24 August 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The webinar will be delivered as part of the Tri-Peaks webinar series and will showcase the “Stand up for Our Rights – a youth empowerment project, as well acknowledge the importance of Collaborative philanthropy. Collaborative Philanthropy provides a way of combining and coordinating the expertise and resources of philanthropic organisations and stakeholder organisations to provide large-scale responses to complex social issues.

In Victoria, there are 9,146 children and young people in out-of-home care, of which 445 are in residential care. Residential care provides homes for children and young people aged 12-17 who are temporarily unable to live with family or foster carers

Stand up for our rights: A youth empowerment project, based in the Grampians region of Victoria, will be co-designed by young people with a lived experience of out-of-home care and will pilot a new model of support and intervention in residential care to build the capacity of young people to protect and stand up for themselves and make informed decisions.

The project will grant young people and staff in residential care access to community lawyers and case managers to provide counsel and legal guidance. Children and young people who experience out-of-home care are significantly more likely to be subject or victim to crime, and are at far greater risk of experiencing hardship.

In 2021 Youth Law and Ballarat Community Health, in partnership with the Central Highlands Care Services Alliance applied for and secured funding to commence an exciting innovative project to assist & empower young people in residential care in Ballarat.