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Supporting the career information needs of young people from out of home care environments
• Do you know that an estimated 1 in 100 children have experience of out of home care (e.g. kinship care by a relative, foster care or living in group homes)
• We know parents play a critical role in supporting career decisions. How can career practitioners help young people who don’t have parents able to support?
• Do you want to know how other career practitioners have successfully supported young people who have experience of out of home care?

This interactive webinar will engage career practitioners in a discussion about the importance of quality, clear career information in supporting post-school transitions with a focus on students who have care-experience.

Promoting awareness of the educational pathways available and developing career management capabilities in young people is a core aim in improving career development in Australia (McMahon & Tatham, 2008). Care-experience has been shown to be an indicator of less likely to progress into education, training or employment.

Drs Colvin and Knight will talk about their philanthropically funded project which gained support from the Collier Foundation. It is a one year project which investigates how parents and carers gain and use career information about higher education. The project has shown the critical importance of career information and the need for clear pathways for young people’s supporters to understand the choices presented to young people post-school.

To provide a practical focus, you will hear from a staff member from a large university who has worked with career practitioners in Queensland and will provide some practical strategies to ensure that you are meeting the needs of young people who are in foster care, kinship care, and residential care.

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Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, ACT - 14:00
South Australia - 13:30
Queensland - 13:00
Northern Territory - 12:30
Western Australia - 11:00

Nov 10, 2020 02:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Dr Elizabeth Knight
Research Fellow at the Centre for International Research on Education Systems (CIRES) at Victoria University @Victoria University
She completed her PhD at Monash University in 2017, investigating change in marketing messages over the period of higher education massification. Prior to joining CIRES, Lizzie was a research fellow at Monash University. Her role included project managing an Australian Research Council Discovery Project: ‘Vocational institutions, undergraduate degrees: distinction and inequality’ from 2017 to 2020, researching the growth of higher education in TAFE institutes. Lizzie has also been a professional careers counsellor for 10 years. She worked for the Ministerial Company Education Services Australia (ESA) as the subject matter expert on the myfuture website between 2015 and 2020, and has trained careers counsellors and teachers in every state and territory in Australia. She acts as the research advisor for the Career Industry Council of Australia and sits on the executive of the Australian Vocational Education Research Association.
Dr Emma Colvin
Senior Lecturer in Law and Criminology in the Centre for Law and Justice @Charles Sturt University
She was awarded funding in 2019 from the Collier Charitable fund to explore access to higher education for care-experienced young people. Dr Colvin has recently completed researching bail decision-making in Australia and the criminalisation of children in out-of-home-care through two Category One Criminology Research Council Grants (2017-19). She is the Co-Editor in Chief of Salus Journal and the former Editor of PacifiCrim, the newsletter of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. She was the Managing Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology (2010-2012).
Mr Edward Kriletich
Education Project Officer of Student Recruitment, Office of Marketing and Communications @Griffith University