Homelessness and Out-of-Home Care

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

​​​​​​​​Out-of-home Care (OOHC) is a living arrangement for children and young people who cannot live in their family home. In Victoria, more than half of the 8,500 children and young people living in out-of-home care are school aged. With each change to school or living arrangement, there is an increased chance of:

  • falling behind
  • missed connections with peers and friends
  • ​poorer education outcomes
  • lack of engagement with school or training
  • early school leaving. 

This can set children and young people up for poorer future social, emotional and economic stability.​


​For every student in Out-of-Home Care, the Department requires schools to: 

Resources and support

LOOKOUT Education Support Centres produce support resources and are designed to boost the capacity of schools, Child Protection Practitioners and Out-of-Home Care services to improve educational outcomes for children and young people living in out-of-home care.​​

T​o help meet your obligations under the Partnering Agreement, there will be one LOOKOUT Centre per Department region in Victoria, from January 2017.

For resources, see: Out-of-Home Care resources 

For LOOKOUT contact information, see: Out-of-Home Care contacts