Leaving care

Leaving Care has a range of services and supports to assist young people, aged 16 to 21 years of age, to transition from out-of-home care to independent living and adulthood.

For more information about leaving care and post care supports, see Leaving care on our Services website.

Transition planning for leaving care

Each young person who leaves an out-of-home care placement should do so in a planned and supported manner,  to enable a successful and sustainable transition. Young people should have:

  • Ongoing opportunities over time to develop independent living skills
  • Involvement in decision-making
  • A detailed 15 plus Care and Transition Plan
  • Essential documentation, possessions and life records.

Members of the young person's care team share responsibility for the preparation of the young person for independent living.

When a young person in out-of-home care reaches 15 years of age, the Looking After Children 15 plus Assessment and Progress Record and the 15 plus Care and Transition Plan must be completed as ‘living documents’, designed to reflect the young person’s aspirations and needs.

More information on transition is available in the Child Protection Manual including:

Leaving care brokerage funds guidelines

These guidelines are intended to guide community services organisations, divisions or areas in utilising leaving care brokerage funds. For more information, see Leaving care brokerage funds guidelines in Related resources.

Melbourne City Mission Leaving Care Hotline
1300 532 846

10 am to 8 am weekdays and 10 am to 6 pm on weekends and public holidays.