Expand financial counselling services to manage access to post-care financial support from the agency provided in accordance with recommendation 158.
A new model for financial counselling within DCP has been developed and consulted on. This model includes a focus on post-care services. Implementation of the new model will commence in October 2017.
An additional 5 financial counselling and support workers have been recruited and have now commenced in their roles. These positions are responsible for increasing service provision for young people transitioning to independence.
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The South Australian Government accepts this recommendation.
The South Australian Government understands that young people transitioning from care at any age are particularly vulnerable, and need support from services that are flexible, approachable and tailored to their needs.
In response to the Royal Commission's recommendations, the government will expand financial counselling services within the Department for Child Protection to support care leavers beyond the age of 18.