“feeling at home” in out-of-home care


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Illustration by Hayden Daniel

“Every child or young person who is removed from their parents has the right to live somewhere that feels like home … [yet] being in care did not feel like home for the vast majority of children and young people” (In our own words: Systemic enquiry into the lived experience of children and young people in the Victorian out-of-home care system 2019). 

What does it mean to “feel at home”? How can design contribute to creating a sense of “feeling at home” in out-of-home care?

Join us for a discussion that draws on a collaborative project addressing the question of how design know-how can be shared to improve interior environments of residential care houses for young people. 

This project is part of the LIVEability project, an ongoing collaboration between Mary Featherston AM and Suzie Attiwill to raise awareness about the affect and effect of the spaces we live in and how to create—through interior design know-how—living environments that are both practical and pleasurable.