AYAC is committed to seeing more flexible, collaborative and responsive services, at key points, such as when young people leave out-of-home care or come into the juvenile justice system. AYAC recognises that their situations are complex and services – including those for homelessness and mental health – need to work together.

AYAC believes that…

  • Young people in care have the same rights as all young people – to an adequate standard of living, housing, health care, education and services, and social, cultural and recreational activities – and they have the right to have these needs assessed and attended to in a timely way.
  • Early intervention for young people at risk is essential to keep young people out of the care system unless absolutely necessary.
  • Young people have the right to participate in decision-making during their time in care.The care system should offer not only protection for young people, but recognise the importance of supporting their quality of life.

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