LOOKOUT Education Support Centres

Children and young people in out-of-home care face unique challenges. LOOKOUT Centres give them a better chance of doing well in their education.

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.


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 do 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.

Contact a LOOKOUT Centre

South Western Victoria Region
Principal: Ian Wren

South Eastern Victoria Region
Principal: Murray Geddes

North Western Victoria Region
Principal: Marise Boff

North Eastern Victoria Region
Principal: David Rose