Department program

LOOKOUT Education Support Centres

​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.

Background

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 LOOKOUT centres support

   
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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 (including camps, excursions and extracurricular activities).

LOOKOUT centres focus on professional development, advocacy, and expert advice and support to build the capability of professionals who work with children and young people in care, making sure that education is at the centre of decisions made about their care, placement and future.

How LOOKOUT centres will work with early childhood professionals and services

A statewide two-year pilot to expand the LOOKOUT centres into the early childhood sector has been established to improve the participation of children in out-of-home care in early childhood education and care services.

In the pilot, LOOKOUT Early Childhood Learning Advisors (ECLAs) will be working across their region to facilitate and monitor children's participation in quality early childhood education and care services and will play a key role in the implementation of the Early childhood agreement for children in out-of-home care.