Out of home care

The Out of Home Care Program supports students where parental responsibility is held by the Minister of Family and Community Services.

The program helps schools support the wellbeing of students who are in, or entering out of home care. The Out of Home Care in government schools policy outlines the requirements.

Resources and guidelines for learning and support planning

The Out of Home Care in government schools policy states that all preschool and school aged children and young people in out of home care in government schools will have personalised learning and support planning prepared for them within 30 days of a local school becoming aware of the students’ entry into statutory out of home care. The planning should be:

  • collaborative, meaningful and positive
  • a strengths-based model
  • a way to keep communication open
  • reviewed at least annually.

The Out of Home Care education plan procedures (DOC 80 KB) provide more details. Access a learning and support planning cover sheet (PDF 188.34 KB) and the following education plan templates:

Frequently asked questions

Find out more related to out of home care with these frequently asked questions.

Related information

Further information about OOHC in NSW is available through Family and Community Services.

Further support

Out of Home Care Advisor
02 9269 9457
email OutofHomeCare_StateOffice@det.nsw.edu.au

Mandatory Reporter Guide (MRG)

If you are concerned about the safety of a student you are encouraged to use the Mandatory Reporter Guide.

The guide helps determine whether you should make a report to the Child Protection Helpline, or identify alternative ways to support vulnerable children in cases of abuse or neglect.

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