Out-of-home care education commitment: partnering agreement

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Schools, child protection practitioners and case workers are required to meet their obligations under the Out-of-Home care Education Commitment: a Partnering Agreement.

The Partnering agreement has now been refreshed to align with current legislation, policy and programs available to children and young people in out-of-home care to support their education, health and wellbeing.

Additional requirements for schools

​For every student in statutory out-of-home care, the Department requires schools to: 

Partnering agreement background

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. 

LOOKOUT educational support 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.

For more information, see: support ​for out-of-home care providers

Early childhood

The early childhood agreement for children in out-of-home care.