Let Us Learn report by Vic CCYP on education of children in OOHC
Let Us Learn
A systematic enquiry into the educational experience of children and young people in out of home care conducted by the Vic. Commissioner for Children and Young People
The latest, and arguably one of the most important, reports released by the Victorian Commissioner for Children and Young People was tabled in parliament this morning 16/11/23. It addresses the education of children and young people in care.
The investigation exposes some shameful data and shares some disturbing stories offered by children and young people. Listen to the children’s accounts of their experiences and then, as a Victorian citizen, worry! Worry about the way we are inequitably educating Victoria’s most precious resource – all of it’s children and young people.
Some recommendations are both critical and urgent: such as:
Recommendation 7: Increase carer payments
That the Victorian Government increase the care allowance payments for kinship and foster carers.
Recommendation 8: Ensure equitable financial support for kinship and foster carers
That DFFH strengthen the care allowance assessment and payment process to ensure assessments are conducted thoroughly and in a timely way, and that equitable financial support is provided to kinship and foster carers.
Recommendation 9: Remove voluntary contributions and other education expenses for carers
That DE ensure that carers of students in out-of-home care are not requested to pay voluntary financial contributions and education-related expenses, including camps and excursions.
Recommendation 10: Provide carers with information and assistance to access flexible education-related funding
- ensure all carers and the children and young people in their care, particularly those in kinship care and in residential care settings, are provided with information about flexible funding available to cover education and extra-curricular activities
- further streamline the process for seeking this funding.
Recommendation 11: Provide all students in out-of-home care with a free Victorian Student Travel Pass
That the Victorian Government provide all student aged children and young people in out-of-home care with a Victorian Student Travel Pass free of charge.