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It’s not too late to join the Beyond 18 study!

Until the end of 2017, we are looking for 18-21 year olds who have spent time in Out of Home Care (e.g. foster care, residential care, lead tenant, permanent care or a kinship care placement) in Victoria to join the last stage of Victoria’s biggest ever Care Leaver study. By taking part in this study, you can help make the care system stronger and improve the experience of leaving care. If you are eligible and you complete the online survey, you will receive a $50 gift card.

You can find out if you are eligible to take part here or read more about why we are doing this study here.

Alternatively, you can go directly to the Beyond 18’s survey for young people. Just go to the survey to get started!

Remember, this version of the study is only for people who have not previously done a Beyond 18 survey. If you have already done the Survey of Young People, we will contact you with a unique, private link to the next version.

Wave 3 of the Survey of Young People is open!

If you’ve previously completed the Beyond 18 Survey of Young People, we would really appreciate it if you could take part in our final Beyond 18 survey. We will be trying to contact everyone who has either completed Wave 1 and/or Wave 2 of our survey. When it is time, we will send you a unique, private link to the Wave 3 survey and you will get another $50 gift card for completing the survey.

So watch out for our emails, texts or phone calls!

If your contact details have changed we might not have been able to find you. But we still want you to be part of the final stages of the study so please get in touch if you have changed address or phone number since we last had contact with you.

And don’t worry of you did the first survey but not the second – you can still take part in this last survey and get a $50 gift card. Just get in touch!

Staying in the study is really important for making your experiences and contributions to the study mean something. Your first contribution to the Survey of Young People Leaving Care gave us really important information about how the Out of Home Care system is working and how care leavers can be better supported when they leave care. The results of this survey will be available soon.

By doing Wave 3, you can help make the study stronger and more meaningful. It helps us get a much better idea of how things change over time, what happens when young people leave care and what supports they need. There’s power in numbers so every person matters! Staying involved means that you can really make a difference!

Surveys of Carers and Caseworkers

If you are a carer or caseworker, the new editions of the Survey of Carers and the Survey of Out of Home Care Workers (and Leaving Care workers) are still open.

Even if you did the survey last year, we would love to hear from you again and for you to share your thoughts on how the care system, and leaving care system, is working.