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YOUTH CARE UPA
LEAVING & AFTER CARE PLANNER
Presented by Angela Reid & Aiden Thomas
YOUTH CARE UPA
Youth Care UPA is an OoHC
organisation for young people ages
0-18yrs. We are located in
Alstonville, NSW and are currently
funded for 23 young people
ranging from general foster care to
intensive foster care. We provide
this service in the Far North Coast
region.
Presentation Overview
- IDEA
- PURPOSE
- PLANNER CONTENT
- SUPPLIMENTARY PROGRAM
- MONITORING
IDEA…
CONFUSED
SCARED
UNSURE
NERVOUS
LOST
What they thought they would need to
know?
What they would have found useful?
What skills/information they found
they were lacking?
PURPOSE
Something tangible
Could be read, learnt from &
referred to
Informative & skills based
Time to prepare for their future
Learn Skills
Generate Questions & Conversations
Gain Knowledge
Know what they wanted
Hold
Read
Write In
Work Through
SELF CARE SKILLS
Self Care Skills
Take a shower daily
Wash hair with
shampoo and
conditioner regularly
Clean and floss teeth
daily
Use a deodorant
daily
(not just body spray)
Brush / comb hair
everyday
Know how to check
for head lice and
eggs.
Know how to treat
head lice and eggs.
Know how to attend
to all feminine
hygiene issues or
who to contact if
assistance is
required.
Know how to
properly clean all
body parts
I Do this
Yes / No
CARER
The Young
Person Does
This
Yes / No
CARER
Comments
Social Skills Questionnaire
Basic Daily Living Skills
I am confident at asking people for help when I need it
I have trusted adults I can talk to about my problems
I know 2 or more people I can turn to for help
I ask questions when I don't understand something
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5 - M o st like me
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Taking Responsibility
I am respectful and polite to others
I respect other people's belongings
I thank people when they do things for me
I show others that I care about them
I can express how I'm feeling
I know how to control my anger
I respond appropriately when introduced to someone
I think about how my choices & actions affect others
I accept compliments or praise without feeling embarrassed
I generally receive feedback without getting angry
Independence Skills
I avoid relationships that hurt or are potentially dangerous
I know the difference between assertive and aggressive behaviour
I respect other's opinions, their lifestyle & their attitudes
When I disagree with someone, I try to reach a compromise
I can communicate my ideas clearly to others
I can describe how to help correct misunderstandings
Make it FUN
Create EXCITEMENT about building
on skills
L&ACP Contract
YOUTH CARE UPA
LEAVING CARE PLANNER AGREEMENT
PART 1 – 15YRS
I ***** (D.O.B *****) have today received my Youth Care UPA Leaving Care Planner Part 1 – 15yrs.
I understand that this planner is a living document and is designed to be a source of information for me to build my skills and
knowledge to enable me to provide for myself adequately once I transition to independent living.
Part 1 for 15yrs contains the following information:
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Living & Social Skills
Self-Care Skills
Relationship & Sex Education
Drug & Alcohol Information
Personal Safety
Food & Nutrition
Employment Options
A recipe folder and
Useful Numbers
It is my responsibility to work through my planner reading the information, performing living skills, going to any
meetings/appointments made for me, storing all of my important documents in the planner in a safe and confidential manner &
asking questions whenever I need more information.
It is my carer’s responsibility to enable me opportunities to perform living skills, assist my learning by whatever means
appropriate, consult with my Caseworker about my progress & seek information for me when I need more information.
It is my Youth Care UPA Caseworker’s responsibility to provide me with each section of the planner as soon as I am age
appropriate, read through & explain the information to me, regularly enquire about my progress through my planner, assist my
learning by whatever means appropriate, seek information for me when I need more information, arrange and accompany me to
any necessary meetings with Community Services & any other services that might arise as I progress through my planner & apply
for any required documents.
I ****** state that I have today received my Youth Care UPA Leaving Care Planner; I understand its purpose and agree to meet
all of my responsibilities as outlined above.
I ***** state that ***** has today received her Youth Care UPA Leaving Care Planner; I understand its purpose and agree to
meet all of my responsibilities as outlined above.
I ***** state that I have today given ***** her Youth Care UPA Leaving Care Planner, I have explained its purpose to both
***** and her carers, and I agree to meet all of my responsibilities as outlined above.
CONTENT
Contents Page - 15yrs
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Living & Social Skills
Self-Care Skills
Relationship & Sex Education
Drug & Alcohol Information
Personal Safety
Food & Nutrition
Employment Options
A recipe folder and
Useful Numbers
EMPLOYMENT OPTIONS
Applying for a Tax File Number (TFN)
To receive an income in Australia, you need a Tax File Number (TFN). Income includes wages
or salary from a job, payments from the government, and money earned from investments
including interest on savings accounts.
In Australia, you can telephone the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and have a TFN
application form sent to you. Alternatively, you can apply for a TFN over the internet.
The table below provides contact details for the ATO:
Australian Taxation Office (ATO) contact details
Telephone
13 2861
In person
See: ATO shopfront locations
Apply for a TFN online
See: Online individual Tax File Number (TFN) registration
Homepage
See: Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
Please ask your carer to help you apply for a TFN, if you have any problems please speak
with your Youth Care UPA Caseworker.
Do I have to put in a tax return?
If you work and earn more than $6000 in one year then you must put in a tax return. If you
are under 18 and earn more than $1,333 from investments in one year you must put in a tax
return.
The first $6000 you earn is tax-free. This is called the ‘tax-free threshold’. This applies to
only one income, so if you work part time and get Youth Allowance, you can only claim the
tax-free threshold for either your part-time income or your Youth Allowance income.
Your employer will send you a payment summary after the end of the financial year (30
June). A payment summary used to be called a ‘group certificate’. This summary shows how
much you earned in that year and how much tax you paid.
If you earned less than $6000 and tax was taken from your pay, you can put in a tax return
to get that money back. This is called a ‘tax refund’.
The Australian Taxation Office website has information about completing a tax return.
USEFUL CONTACTS AND PHONE NUMBERS
Name
Ambulance, Police, Fire Department
Lifeline – 24hr counseling service
Kids Helpline
Salvo Care Line 24hr counseling
service
Department of Housing (HO Sydney)
Department of Housing
Maintenance
Homeless Persons Information
Service
Aboriginal Homeless Persons Service
Community Services
CENTRELINK
Youth and Students
Disability, Sickness and Carers
Employment Services
Family Assistance
TTY Service
HEALTH SERVICES
Women’s Information and Referral
Service
Family Planning Association
Medicare
Mental Health Information Service
Sexual Health Centre
LEGAL SERVICES
Legal Aid Help Line
Legal Aid Hotline – under 18 years
NSW Ombudsman
The Create Foundation
Commission for Children and Young
People
Phone Number
000
131114
1800551800
93316000
Web site
02 98216111
131571
02 92659087
02 97998446
132111
www.community.nsw.gov.au
www.centrelink.gov.au
132490
132717
132850
136150
1800810586
1800817227
02 87524300
132150
1800674200
1800451624
1300888529
1800101810
1800451524
www.create.org.au
www.kids.nsw.gov.au
Contents Page - 16yrs
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Living & Social Skills –
Self-Care Skills–
Relationship & Sex Education–
Drug & Alcohol Information–
Personal Safety–
Food & Nutrition–
Employment Options–
Centrelink & Youth Allowance
Checklist & Questionnaire
Checklist & Questionnaire
Checklist & Questionnaire
Checklist & Questionnaire
Checklist & Questionnaire
Checklist & Questionnaire
Checklist & Questionnaire
Budgeting, Savings & Financial Independence
How to Get Around –
Passport Application
Travel, Transport, Driving
BUDGETING & SAVINGS PLAN
Once receiving your Youth Allowance you will notice a substantial increase in the money you
are receiving.
It is recommended that a separate savings account (in your name only) be set up and a
portion of the benefit be saved each fortnight. To enable you access to your account in the
event that your key card is lost/stolen it may be an option, with your consent, that the
account be set up having two people to sign for withdrawals. For example, yours and your
carer.
Ideally, it is recommended that half of the Youth Allowance be placed into the savings
account; however the amount to be saved can be negotiated. Your Youth Care UPA Case
Worker will discuss this with you and explain the purpose and benefits of the saving
account.
The purpose of the savings account is to help you prepare for leaving care by teaching you
to save and budget. It is also used to help you buy any bigger more expensive items whilst
you are in care or to set yourself up in your own place once left care. For example, if you can
manage to save $50 per week ($100 each fortnightly payment) and not touch the money
until you turn 18, you should have about - $100 x 26 (fortnights) x 3 (years) = $7800!!! Think
of the things you could buy yourself with $7800!!!
At all times the money in the savings account is yours alone and although it is hoped that
you will save the money or use it wisely you can choose to spend it as you wish.
Once receiving your own benefit, carers are no-longer required to give you pocket money.
You do not have to pay ‘board’ with your money, though you may be asked to contribute
towards more expensive items that you would like eg. ‘brand’ name clothing/items, mobile
phones, internet, social activities etc
If at any time you are unsure of what you should be responsible for or contribute towards
please talk about it with your Case Worker.
Here is a budget for you to get an understanding of how a budget can really help you
understand your bills.
If you receive a Benefit of $300 per fortnight.
1. Average rent for a room in Lismore is $100 Per Week.
2. Average Electricity cost for a single person $150 Per Quarter.
3. Rental Costs of a home phone $30 Per Month + Calls, $20-$30 per week Pre Paid.
4. Average food bill for 1 person for 1 week $70.
How do you work out those figures against the budget?
1. Break each payment into Fortnightly increments.
2. E.g. Rent $100 Per Week = ($100 *2 = $200 per fortnight).
3. Move the broken down figures on the budget.
You Should pay the bills in the order you prioritized them when setting up your budget
with your carer and/or Case Worker.
ITEM
1) Rent / Board
2) Food expenses
3) Electricity
4) Phone
5) Travel / Fuel
6) Other utilities eg. Water, gas
7)Savings
8)Clothing
9)Entertainment
TOTAL COSTS
INCOME
BALANCE
WEEKLY COST
FORTNIGHTLY COST
$100
$80
$12.50
$30
$50
$0
$0
$0
$0
$200
$160
$25
$60
$100
$0
$0
$0
$0
$272.5
$150
-$122.5
$545
$300
-$245
As you can see there is not enough income to cover all of the Bills, this is not a sustainable
living option.
DRIVING SKILLS
As you are now 16 you will start to think about getting your license (if you haven’t already!).
The best place to find information on getting your license is on the RTA website:
http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au
If you’re at least 16 years old, you’re ready to begin.
The first step is to pass the Driver Knowledge Test (DKT).
But before you head off to the RTA motor registry, you’ve
got some preparation to do.
The first thing to do is read the Road Users’ Handbook and
the pamphlet Getting your driver licence.
To help you out, the Road Users’ Handbook is available on the
RTA website – including questions for you to tackle as you go through
it.
These are the kinds of questions that you’ll need to answer in the
DKT.
Electronic versions of the handbook and the DKT have been
translated into Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Greek, Korean, Serbian,
Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese. The handbook – but not the test –
is also available in Japanese.
Ready to go?
Heaps of people are doing licence tests all the time so you have to book. You can do
this online, by phoning 13 22 13 or in person at any motor registry.
When you go to do your test you’ll need to take proof of your identity such as your birth
certificate or passport, proof of signature and address, and be prepared to pay the fee.
You’ll also have your eyes tested – for obvious reasons!
When you’ve passed
Congratulations – you are now an L plater. Learner licences issued from 1 July 2007 are valid
for five years, giving you plenty of time to practice and get moving towards the next step –
your P1 licence.
PASSPORT APPLICATION
A passport application for a child must be lodged by a parent or other person with a
parental responsibility for the child. The person lodging the application must also provide
proof of their identity. An Australian citizen under 18 years of age who has never married is
regarded as a child.
Before a passport may be issued to a child, the written consent of all persons with parental
responsibility for the child is needed. Passport application forms can be filled in and printed
online, but not lodged.
What is needed to use this service?
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When you apply for a child's Australian passport, you must provide the child's FULL
birth certificate as well as any previous Australian passport that the child may have
had.
If the child was born in Australia, you will need to provide an original document that
confirms one parent's Australian citizenship or permanent residency at the time of
the child's birth. Applicants born of New Zealand parents must present an "Evidence
of Australian Citizenship" or an equivalent citizenship certificate.
If you are presenting Court Orders with the application, you must complete Form B7
- No Further Court Orders.
You may also be required to complete Form B11 - General Declaration by Passport
Applicant in order to provide additional information on a particular issue.
For children subject to Child Protection Orders under state/territory law, complete
Form B10 – Child subject to a state/territory child welfare
Children and Parental Consent
There are laws governing the issue of passports to children.
These laws are designed to protect children from abduction and to safeguard the rights of
all people with parental responsibility for children.
This page outlines the requirement for the consent of people with parental responsibility
when applying for a child’s passport.
Who needs to give consent?
It is a requirement of the Australian Passports Act 2005 that before a passport may be issued to a
child (anyone under 18 years who has never married) the written consent of all people with parental
responsibility for the child is needed.
Where persons with parental responsibility are in separate locations, the non-lodging person may
provide consent through their closest passport office or Australian diplomatic or consular post.
Contents Page - 17yrs
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Living & Social Skills
Self-Care Skills
–
–
Checklist & Questionnaire
Checklist & Questionnaire
–
Drug & Alcohol Information –
Personal Safety –
Food & Nutrition –
Employment Options –
Centrelink & Youth Allowance –
Relationship & Sex Education
Checklist & Questionnaire
Checklist & Questionnaire
Checklist & Questionnaire
Checklist & Questionnaire
Checklist & Questionnaire
Checklist & Questionnaire
Budgeting, Savings & Financial Independence
–
Passport Application –
How to Get Around
Checklist & Questionnaire
Checklist & Questionnaire
–
Checklist & Questionnaire
Contents Page - 17yrs Cont.
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After Care Plan
ADHC Referral
Original Documents
Housing – TILA & T-Number
Home Essentials
Future Plans
Access to Savings
Driving – P1 & P2
Buying a Car
Access to Personal File
Legal Advice
ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS
As you will be officially leaving care when you turn 18 it is important that you possess all of
your important original documents as you will need them at some stage.
Below is a table outlining what documents you should either already have or will receive.
Once receiving them, please keep them together in this folder in a safe and confidential
manner.
It would be best to start seeing if you have these documents (or they are available) a
minimum of 6mths before you turn 18 in case something needs to be applied for.
If you have any questions please speak to your Youth Care UPA Caseworker about it.
DOCUMENT/ITEM
NAME
Birth Certificate
Medicare Card
Health Care Card
Immunization Records
Medical Records
Passport
Drivers License/ID
Card
ATM Card & Account
Details
CS After Care Plan
DATE RECEIVED
YOUNG PERSON
SIGNATURE
CASEWORKER
SIGNATURE
HOUSING
TILA/T NUMBER
What kind of rental am I looking for?
To find the perfect place to rent, do some research to get a good idea of what rentals are
worth and the bargaining power to land a good deal. Ask yourself these questions:
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What are your options? The private rental market is the most obvious choice, however
community, student or public housing could be the best option if you're on a tight
budget.
What's your budget? Research your options for rental assistance.
Who'll live in your house? Share houses are cheap, practical and can be fun, but going
solo gives you privacy and independence.
House or apartment? Flats or apartments are smaller, but generally there's more
available for rent and they're more secure than a house. Houses are bigger, have a
backyard and usually fit more people.
Where's the couch? Furniture costs money, so work out what you have already, what
you need and what you can borrow from friends or family. Visit second hand stores and
garage sales for bargains.
Where's your neighbourhood? Transport, work, study, entertainment, friends, family
and access to some services will all impact on this decision.
Where do I look?
Newspapers
The real estate or 'to let' sections of the big newspapers and local community publications
are a good place to start your search.
Online
Many newspapers publish their printed classifieds online. An online search is a quick way to
compare what's available within your budget range in different cities, towns or suburbs.
Domain.com.au and realestate.com.au are two popular sites where you can look for a place
to rent.
Noticeboards and bookshops
If you're searching for a room in a share house, notice-boards are a great local resource.
Popular locations for notices include bookshops, cafés and supermarkets. Universities and
TAFEs usually have dedicated or informal places where students pin up their
advertisements.
HOME ESSENTIALS
You will no doubt have noticed as you look around your carers home and your bedroom
that it takes a lot of ‘stuff’ to be able to set up a house with the essentials you will need to
live on your own.
Below is a list of items that will set you up in your own place comfortably. It is your
responsibility to acquire these items for yourself and it is best to start as soon as possible to
space out the cost. The table does not include any food or drink items nor does it include
any personal items.
Some of the below items are not absolute essentials eg TV but it is something that nearly
everyone will have in their home and something that you will no doubt want, where others
eg sheet sets are absolute essentials and you must have them if you are going to live on
your own.
A good way to acquire some of these items is to ask for them as birthday and Christmas gifts
off you carer/s, friends, family etc it might not be very exciting but it will save you a lot of
money.
It is also recommended that you purchase the smaller items regularly from your left over
Youth Allowance money (not your savings) eg. a plastic mixing bowl set from Kmart might
cost you about $3 so if you have $50 a week to spend, you will still have $47 and now have
something to add to your home essentials pack, purchasing items this way means that you
will end up with a lot of things without having to sacrifice too much money each week.
You can also lay-by items at different stores and pay them off week by week which might
also be a good idea.
Once you do purchase or receive an item, note down the date you got it and check if it has a
warranty as some warranties will need to be sent away. Keep all of your warranties and
receipts in this folder.
Store any items that you collect in a safe place where they cannot be lost or damaged
before you have the chance to use them.
HOME ESSENTIALS LIST
ITEM
KITCHEN
PURCHASE
DATE
Sml
T-Towels (4)
Sink Plug
Mixing Bowl Set
Kitchen Utensil Set –
Ladle
Strainer
Spaghetti spoon
Egg lifter
Tongs
Wisk
Wooden Spoons
Potato Masher etc
Chef Knife
Toaster
Jug
Cutting Board/s
Spatula
Sink Drainer
Saucepan Set with Fry
Pan
Measuring Cups
Measuring Spoons
Colander
Oven Tray/Dish
Can Opener
Canister Set
Cheese Grater
Pot Holders
Dishcloths
Rolling Pin
WARRENTY
Y/N
NOTES
SUPPLIMENTARY
Certificate of Attendance
T H I S C E R T I F I C A T E
P R E S E N T E D T O
I S
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For
Attending and completing the cooking skills course
held on
Monday 2nd July 2012 (9hrs duration).
During this time you learnt and demonstrated
skills in:
Cooking breakfast dishes, main meals, salads and
side dishes, budgeting, shopping for ingredients,
cleaning, group work
participation and co-operation.
WELL DONE!
Angela Reid
Date
YOUTH CARE UPA
TRANSPORT & SERVICES
Where would you go to access funds
stated in your Leaving Care Plan?
MENTORING
MONITORING
- Fortnightly Visits to
Carers & Young People
- Biannual Case Reviews
To contact us:
Angela Reid & Aiden Thomas
Address: 101-103 Main Street, Alstonville, NSW, 2477
Office Number: 02 6628 1255
Email: [email protected]
THANK-YOU 

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