Systemic inquiry into the educational experiences of children and young people living in out-of-home care

About the inquiry

The Commission for Children and Young People has established an inquiry into the educational experiences of children and young people living in out-of-home care. The Commission understands the importance of quality education for these young people and its influence on their futures.

My education was always the one safe place and stable thing in my life and I thrived in that environment. I was removed two weeks before starting VCE at a new school which was super scary and stressful. But I was lucky that the wellbeing team was incredibly supportive and I had a space at school to work through what was happening at home. (Jane, 20)

The Commission has heard time and time again, however, about the challenges that children and young people in care face to stay at school and do well, especially when there are issues at home.

As a teenager who feels that their life is being destructed, it was really hard…I got bullied a lot for living in resi care…All I wanted was to be normal and do normal teenage stuff...And moving schools made it hard to learn and this has affected how I learn now. (Sarah, 20)

The Commission is interested in exploring children and young people’s experiences of education, including in kindergarten, primary and secondary school, or in specialist schools. A key component of the inquiry will be speaking to children and young people in care to hear about their time at school and what improvements can be made to help them and others in the future.

If you have any questions about this inquiry, please email engage@ccyp.vic.gov.au