On any one day across Victoria, approximately 5500 children and young people live in out-of-home care. The 2011 Partnering Agreement reflects the shared commitment of the out-of-home care and education sectors to these children and young people.
The Partnering Agreement:
outlines strategies to support the educational issues and social needs of children and young people in out-of-home care during the years they attend school, including flexible learning options
promotes common practices across Victoria and provides a framework to monitor educational engagement and achievement more closely
provides guidance about key areas in which support for children and young people in out-of-home care is required, including school enrolment, transition planning, attendance and engagement, achievement, case planning and school retention
outlines a process for implementation of the Partnering Agreement and for monitoring outcomes.
The Partnering 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.
An Education Support Guarantee for children and young people in out-of-home care has been established to commit schools and education-related health and wellbeing services and programs to providing an increased level of support and responsiveness to the educational needs of children and young people in out-of-home care.