Ladder delivers the Ladder Step Up Program in western Sydney that engages and supports young people in out-of-home care to build their self-efficacy, develop foundational skills and engage in education, employment and training pathways. The GWS GIANTS Football Club is a proud community partner of the program.  

The Step Up Sydney program commenced operations in 2017 and since then, more than 100 young people have benefited from Ladder’s support. Ladder has formed meaningful partnerships across the western Sydney region, demonstrated by more than 50 referral sources, including out-of-home care providers, juvenile justice services, NSW Police, education providers and the NSW Department of Communities and Justice.

Ladder Step Up Sydney is addressing a gap in the leaving care and aftercare space and directly contributing to improving the quality of leaving care planning. Program outcomes to date include:

  • 100 per cent of young people reported an improvement in social functioning, with an average increase of 13 per cent
  • 100 per cent of young people reported an improvement in daily living skills, with an average increase of 19 per cent
  • 100 per cent of young people reported an improvement in self-efficacy, with an average increase of 17 per cent
  • 100 per cent of young people reported having identified and tested vocational pathways, with an average increase of 23 per cent.

A sample assessment conducted at 26-weeks post program found that:

  • 5 per cent of young people reported an increased sense of belonging
  • 100 per cent of young people reported improved self-efficacy
  • 91 per cent of young people reported improved wellbeing/ quality of life
  • 5 per cent of young people reported improved job readiness

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