Social Work Indigenous research

Indigenous children in Australia are known to be over-represented in many out-of-home care systems, particularly within the English-speaking world.

But to date, there has been little analysis of their specific experiences and pathways as they transition from care at approximately 18 years of age.

A study led by A/Prof. Philip Mendes and Lena Turnbull from the Department of Social Work, examined the numbers, needs and outcomes of Indigenous care leavers and associated policy and program supports. The project identified a number of key policy and practice reforms pertaining to data collection, funding, and the provision of culturally appropriate services.

You can read the full report here.