The LOOKOUT Centre will be staffed by education and allied health professionals who will work collaboratively with schools, carers, child protection and community service organisations. Together, they will provide advice, support and training to prioritise the educational needs of students in out-of-home care, ensuring schools are inclusive of our most vulnerable students.
LOOKOUT Education Support Centres are being established across Victoria to help more than 6000 school-aged children and young people in out-of-home care complete their education.
The first LOOKOUT Centre will provide support services across Victoria's south west, with three other centres expected to open next year to ensure young Victorians in out-of-home care across the state will be supported.
The $8.6 million Navigator scheme will be piloted in eight areas across the state, to support disengaged teenagers to return to school.