Department program

LOOKOUT Education Support Centres

LOOKOUT centres are designed to boost the capacity of schools, carers, child protection practitioners and out-of-home care services to improve educational outcomes for children and young people living in out-of-home care.

Background

Research indicates that children and young people living in out-of-home care are at greater risk of poorer educational outcomes than those in the broader community. Students in out-of-home care are at greater risk of:

  • poor school attendance and engagement
  • failing to develop foundational educational skills and reaching expected benchmarks
  • disengaging from compulsory schooling
  • not achieving any academic qualification.

How LOOKOUT centres support

LOOKOUT centres assist children and young people through:

  • professional development with staff and carers
  • advice to schools to support individual students
  • challenging enrolment decisions that aren't in a student's best interests
  • facilitating opportunities for students to participate fully in school life (including camps, excursions and extracurricular activities).

LOOKOUT centres focus on professional development, advocacy, and expert advice and support to build the capability of professionals who work with children and young people in care, making sure that education is at the centre of decisions made about their care, placement and future.