Journal article

Who Makes Decisions for Vulnerable Young People? Shifting Sands and Murky Waters

Margaret Kertesz, Merle Spriggs, Cathy Humphreys

AUSTRALIAN SOCIAL WORK | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

This paper discusses the existing guidance in Australian legislative and regulatory frameworks to inform the process of young people moving through varying stages of maturity towards independent decision-making. In the context of exploratory research to develop a stable online repository of personal documents for young people in out-of-home care, the researchers envisioned in-built, age-appropriate levels of decision-making authority, associated with what was stored, who had access, and who owned these records. They sought guidance to protect young people themselves and to support workers and other mentors. Little unqualified guidance emerged from the documentary search. Supporting any young..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society (IBES), University of Melbourne.