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