Out-of-home care

Successful schooling contributes to an adult life that is personally rewarding, socially connected and economically sustained. Schools have an important role in supporting children and young people in out-of-home care to maximise their life outcomes.

Principals must ensure that children and young people in out of home care who are attending government schools, including preschools:

  • are able to access and participate in education on the same basis as all other students, regardless of their gender, disability, cultural and linguistic background, and religious or spiritual beliefs and access the full range of school activities 
  • are accurately recorded on the enrolment registration number database (ERN) as being in out of home care and the record updated as necessary 
  • have an education plan developed within 30 school days of notification that the child or young person has entered or is in care and that this plan is updated and reviewed at least annually or when there are changed circumstances impacting on the student's ability to participate in learning 
  • do not have their care status disclosed to others unless this is required by legislation or necessary for the safety, welfare and wellbeing of the child or young person or necessary under the information exchange provisions of part 16A of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998.

This information is from the Out-of-home Care in Government Schools Policy. Principals should read the whole policy.

DEC policy documents

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