Support from LOOKOUT Centres

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

​​​​​​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. 

 
For more information, see: Partnering Agreement​ ​​

 

What support can the LOOKOUT Centre offer? 

LOOKOUT Centre staff provide advice and support in all aspects of a student’s education to: 
  • school staff
  • child protection workers
  • community service organisations 
  • carers 
Centres operate statewide but do not replace existing structures or responsibilities. 

 
Centres will ensure that children and young people in out-of-home care have access to all they are entitled to, including:

 
  • Disability Support S​ervices - Schools have a responsibility to consult with students and/or families and carers to identify, remove and overcome any barriers to participation.
  • Enrolment, suspension and expulsion - Schools should follow policy in regards to Expulsions however should seek advice from the LOOKOUT Centre in relation to Enrolment, suspension and expulsion process.
  • Child Protection - LOOKOUT Centres will work with schools, Child Protection Practitioners, carers and community service organisations to provide education-related support to students in out-of-home care. 
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​​How will LOOKOUT Centres work with schools?
There will be one LOOKOUT Centre per region. Each Centre is led by a principal and staffed by a multidisciplinary team. See: LOOKOUT Staff

 
The Designated Teacher will be the first point of contact within the school. See Designated Teacher 

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

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​​