Partnering agreement

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

​​​​Schools, Child Protection Practitioners and case workers are required to meet their obligations under the Out-Of-Home Care Education Commitment: A Partnering Agreement between:

  • the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
  • the Department of Education and Training (DET)
  • Catholic Education Commission of Victoria
  • Independent Schools Victoria

To download this information,​ see: 

Out-Of-Home Care Education Commitment​: A Partnering Agreement

The Agreement aims to ensure that: 
  • processes are in place to actively support the educational achievement of every child and young person in out-of-home care 
  • a strongly coordinated approach exists to support the needs of children and young people in out-of-home care 
  • all parties understand each other’s roles and responsibilities and work cooperatively 
  • strategies are implemented to improve outcomes related to student enrolment, attendance, achievement, case planning, retention and school completion. 

To view the agreement in full, see: 

Support from LOOKOUT Centres​

​​LOOKOUT Centres are an additional resource to support schools, Child Protection Practitioners and case workers to meet their obligations under the Out-Of-Home Care Education Commitment.

LOOKOUT Centres will not replace the responsibilities of any of the signatories to the Agreement. Rather, Centre staff will work closely with schools to bolster compliance in order to achieve improved outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care. 

Fore more information, see: Support ​from LOOKOUT C​entres

How will LOOKOUT Centres work with schools? 

Each LOOKOUT Centre will be led by a principal and staffed by a multidisciplinary team with expertise in:
  • social work 
  • psychology 
  • data analysis 
  • Koorie cultural awareness and 
  • education. 
The team will work with schools via the designated teacher, a key new role, who is the first point of contact within the school 

Centre staff, via the designated teacher will draw on the health and wellbeing staff, Student Support Services (SSS) staff, Koorie education teams, and school improvement teams to make sure that out-of-home care students have access to everything they are entitled too. 

Areas where LOOKOUT centres will add support 

LOOKOUT Centre staff provide advice and support to school staff, child protection workers, community service organisations and carers in all aspects of a student’s education. 

For more information, see: How to lookout centres support?​

Enrolment, suspension and expulsion 

LOOKOUT principals will: 
  • act as the concerned parent, challenging enrolment decisions that are not in the best interest of the student
  • advocate for students in out-of-home care on matters of suspension and expulsion use existing structures. 
For more information, see: Enrolment, suspension and expulsion​

Key contacts 

For more information or advice, please contact your regional LOOKOUT office

To find out which region you are living in, please visit: Department regions