Former state care client wants the right care foe 17-20 youth

By Te Kāea

Kei te whakapiki te kāwanatanga i te pakeke o ngā tamariki e wehe atu ai i ō rātou kai-tiaki mai i te tekau mā whitu ki te rua tekau mā tahi tau. Ko Tupua Urlich tētahi i tipu i raro i ngā manaakitanga a te kāwanatanga. Hei tāna, me tika te tuku a te kāwanatanga i ngā ratonga e tika ana mā ngā rangatahi pakeke ake i te tekau mā whitu tau, ā kia kore ai rātou e tukua hei hunga mōrearea noa te tiaki.

I atawhaingia a Tupua Urlich e te kāwanatanga mai i ōna tau e rima ā i noho ia ki ngā kainga atawhai mō te tekau neke atu te nui.

“I think that it’s all very good to raise the age but are you gonna provide the right services? You can keep us in there longer but unless you do things differently with us you can't treat an 18-year-old who’s transitioning to become an adult as a crisis management case.”

E rua tekau tau te pakeke o Tupua ināianei. He kaitaunaki taiohi ia mo te Kaitiaki Tamariki a Dingwall. Koia hoki i tuku rongoa ki te taumata kōrero rangatahi a te Minita Take Toko i Te Ora kia whai reo ai nga tamariki ki roto i te arotakenga a te kāwanatanga mo Te Ueha Mātātahi o Aotearoa.

“What it does it enables us to become productive members to find ourselves because so often Young people are lost at the end of their care experience because their ending is so abrupt and the lifestye is so unstable.”

Ka taea e ngā rangatahi i raro i te tiakitanga a te kāwanatanga te noho ki reira ki te rua tekau ma tahi tau te pakeke.

Hei tā te Minita o Social Development a Anne Tolley, “Many of them are still vulnerable some of them will be able to cope on their own some of them will be able to go out on their own they may well fail and they need to have that back stop.”

E ai Urlich, “I think it will change and I think it will show in the statistics to come I know personally a lot of the reasons i was ending up in trouble were huge. 202. The age that I was left, the issues I was left with the battles that I had to face that i wasn’t prepared for. They were huge in terms of contributing to my poor outcomes at the time so it will be huge.”

Ka hiki te pakeke ki te rua tekau ma tahi a te tau rua mano tekau ma waru.

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