The Home Stretch Symposium will bring together policy developers, stakeholders and implementers to explore and discuss the challenges and complexities associated with introducing the policy of extending care to 21 years. These discussions will be informed by international and national experts in this policy area.

The two day program will be a mix of keynote presentations, panel and Q&A sessions. The program has been structured to engage the audience and provide an opportunity for an informed discussion.

The program will include:

  • A focus on young people and carer’s perspectives on care past 18 years
  • A closer look at implementation and evaluation of extended care in the US and UK
  • The legislative and policy developments in New Zealand
  • Policy progress in extending care by governments in Australia
  • The challenges, enablers and experience of implementation
  • The social and economic costs and benefits in the Australian context
  • The different methods used to evaluate Extended Care and how to develop a robust evaluation.

To access Presentations, click on ‘Presentation’ in the program schedule for each session.

Check out the Symposium photos.

See the Highlights Video of the Symposium here.

Day 1: Tuesday 27th August

TimeSession
8.30Registrations Open
9.00Opening
9.10Welcome to Country
9.30Opening Address: ‘Extending Care to 21 years in Australia’

Paul McDonald, Chair Home Stretch, CEO Anglicare Victoria
10.00Keynote: International Perspectives
‘Evidence from the United States’

Mark Courtney, Samuel Deutsch Professor in the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago (US)

Presentation
10.45Morning Tea
11.15Panel: ‘Reality Check: The experience of leaving care’

A CREATE Foundation panel chaired by Eleni Hale, author & former foster child
12.00‘The Carer Perspective: National Survey Findings, 2019’

Presented by Samantha Hague, CEO Foster Care Association of Victoria

Presentation
12.15‘Young People Transitioning from care: Australian research on outcomes’

Philip Mendes, Associate Professor, Director Social Inclusion and Social Policy Research Unit, Monash University

Presentation
12.45Lunch
13.45Keynote: International Perspectives
‘Evidence from the United Kingdom’

Steve Walker, Director of Children and Families at Leeds City Council (UK)

Presentation
‘Evidence from New Zealand’

Sarah Ashton, Service Manager – Transition to Adulthood, Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children (NZ)

Presentation
15.05Afternoon Tea
15.35Panel: ‘Implementation of Extended Care to 21 in Australia’

Facilitated by Julie Alexander

Panel members:
Beth Allen, A/Director, Children and Families Policy Department of Health and Human Services (VIC)
Mathew Healey, Executive Director, Engagement and Innovation, Department of Communities (TAS)
Karen Lacy, Manager, Children, Policy and Service Design, department of Communities (WA).
Jodie Robinson, Senior Executive Branch Manager, Children, Youth and Families, Community Services Directorate (ACT)
Fiona Ward, Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Child Protection (SA)
16.30Network drinks
18.30Symposium Dinner. Please register http://thehomestretch.org.au/symposium/registration/

Day 2: Wednesday 28th August

TimeSession
9.00Welcome to Day Two
9.10Opening Address: ‘Extending Care to 21 years, as an early intervention’

Justin Mohamed, Victorian Commissioner for Aboriginal Children
and Young People
9.25Keynote: International Perspectives
‘Evaluating Staying Put in the UK’

Emily Munro, Goldberg Professor of Social Work Research, Director Institute of Applied Social Research, Director Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care, University of Bedfordshire (UK)

Presentation
10.10‘The South Australian Experience: initial findings’

Joseph McDowall, Executive Director of Research, CREATE
Foundation

Presentation
10.30Morning Tea
11.00‘The Economics of Extended Care’

Lynne Pezzullo, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

Presentation
11.30Panel: ‘Extended care pathways for young people living in Residential Care’

Facilitated by Paul McDonald

Panel members:
Mark Courtney, Samuel Deutsch Professor in the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago (US)
Steve Walker, Director of Children and Families at Leeds City Council (UK)
Sarah Ashton, Service Manager – Transition to Adulthood, Oranga
Tamariki, Ministry for Children (NZ)
Catherine Gibson, Manager, Youth Team, Children and Families,
Department of Health and Human Services (VIC)
12.15Lunch
13.15Keynote: International Perspectives
‘The International Experience on formal and informal Extended Care’

Iain Matheson, Director, Research Centre for Better Outcomes from Fostering and Residential Care (NZ)

Presentation
14.00Interactive Panel:
Questions & Emerging Themes

Facilitated by Julie Alexander

Panel members:
Mark Courtney, Samuel Deutsch Professor in the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago (US)
Emily Munro, Goldberg Professor of Social Work Research, Director Institute of Applied Social Research, Director Tilda Goldberg Centre for Social Work and Social Care, University of Bedfordshire (UK)
Sarah Ashton, Service Manager, Oranga Tamariki, Ministry for Children (NZ).
Paul McDonald, Chair, National Home Stretch, CEO Anglicare Vic
Dylan Langley, Youth Advocate
15.00Advancing the universal option of Extended Care to 21
Paul McDonald, Chair, National Home Stretch, CEO Anglicare Vic
15.30End of Day 2
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