Survey of youth transitioning out of government care

What is this survey?
The survey is for youth who are approaching their 19th birthday and who are in government care or an alternative to government care (e.g., Youth Agreement) in British Columbia and for youth who have turned 19 but are currently delayed from aging out of government care or alternative to government care in British Columbia due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is aiming to improve the lives of youth transitioning out of care. It was designed by youth in and from care and by adults who support youth through the process. We hope you will consider filling in this survey and a similar, shorter survey in 6 months and a year, so that we can learn what is going well and what challenges youth experience as they transition out of care. This information will be used to understand where services and supports need to be improved to better support youth through their transition.

The survey asks about your health (including mental health and substance use), your experiences in care, your living situation, your strengths and needs, and about the supports and challenges you might experience.

The survey is being conducted by McCreary Centre Society’s Youth Research Academy (YRA), with the support of experienced community-based researchers. The YRA is a group of youth aged 16–24 with government care experience who are learning research skills and carrying out research projects of interest to youth in and from care and the organizations that serve them.

What if I don’t want to answer some of the questions?
This survey is completely voluntary. You can choose to not take part, to stop at any time, and to skip questions you do not feel comfortable answering.

Will anyone see my answers?
The information you provide will be anonymous and confidential. Even if your social worker or a service provider asks if you want to take part in this survey, they will not see your answers, and will not be able to connect you to your answers. Your survey will only be seen by researchers at McCreary and will be kept confidential. You will be assigned a unique ID to link surveys from one time point to the next. Your name and other identifying information will not be included.

The only time we might have to share your survey answers would be if you put your full name on the survey and wrote that you were at risk of serious harm or were planning to harm someone else. In that case, by law, we would have to share this information to keep you safe.

Will I get an honorarium if I take part?
You can choose to get a $20 gift card each time you complete the survey (i.e., at each time-point). Instructions on how to do so will appear on the screen after you submit your survey. We still won't be able to link your name to your survey answers -- your survey will stay anonymous.

If I want to take part in the survey again in 6 months time, how do I let you know?
When you submit this survey, you will be asked if you want to continue to take part in this study, and if so what the best way is to contact you.

What if I have other questions?
If you have any questions about the survey, please call 604-291-1996 or email mccreary@mcs.bc.ca.

By clicking "Next page," you acknowledge that you have read and understand the information on this page and ​agree to take part. 
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