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10 April 2018

Create position paper: Stigma in out-of-home care

This position paper from Create details the evidence that children and young people in out-of-home care face significant stigma. These children and young people often report feeling bullied, excluded and treated differently from their peers. Others' expectations of children and young people in care are lower than for other children. Hence poor outcomes can become a self-fulfilling prophesy, which reinforces others' negative perceptions. Other research shows these children and young people are more likely to be viewed as (a) more emotionally fragile,  less self- assured and more likely to have a mental illness ; (b) more likely to engage in petty theft and to be in jail; (c) less likely to have job security and more likely to live in poverty; (d) more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol; and, (e) less likely to have a stable intimate partnership  or  a successful marriage.  Create details its advocacy to address the stigma faced by children and young people in out-of-home care.