Primary Centre contact: Joanna Humphries
Project Manager – Raising Expectations
Do you work with a young person who is in care and looking to study at university or TAFE? Wondering how to best advise them when it comes to resources, support and their ability to access a course?
Let us help. It can be difficult to know how to best advise a young person who may face extra challenges when it comes to higher education – but there are many resources and services out there to ensure that they can access as many opportunities as possible.
My upbringing was far from ideal and there were times where, for my safety, I was forced to spend time away from my father. The Care Leaver Bursary enabled me to find some independence financially while also affirming support networks within the university. This has been absolutely beneficial, and has led me to accept support at times when I otherwise would have pushed it away. This includes counselling and financial support where needed, while also enabling greater consideration to my assessment timetable when necessary”
– La Trobe University care leaver student
Our partner universities
The Raising Expectations project has partnered with Federation University and La Trobe University to provide supports and services to care leavers in Victoria. For teachers and practitioners, a great first port of call is chatting to the universities about the care leaver’s options. To find out more about support and courses, head here for the Federation Uni information, here for La Trobe University, and here for Swinburne University.
The below video playlist includes valuable advice from Victorian care leavers, information from service providers, and practical advice across the board.
Information and Resources
- Check out this quick guide to Understanding the Education Partnering Agreements for Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care
- University and TAFE Open Days: Encourage your students or young people to head along to Open Days at universities and TAFEs
- LOOKOUT Education Support Centres: supports young people who are still at school, as well as case workers and Child Protection Practitioners
- Navigator Program: supports young people aged 12-17 who aren’t attending school, or at risk of disengaging
- Youth Central website: information for care leavers who want to study, career profiles, planning your career page, and career bullseyes
- My Future website: information on courses, careers, industries and companies
- CREATE Foundation: supports young people who are in or have left care
- Sortli App: A free app available in the Apple or Google Play stores, for care leavers with info on where to get help and support
- University and TAFE Open Days: Find Open day dates, or call universities on their Future Students number to get more info
- Higher education guidelines: for student care leavers
- Take a look at this article from The Australian on a care leaver who went to university
- Marrung: Aboriginal Education Plan – 2016-2026: supports Aboriginal students achieve their learning aspirations
To guide a young person on financial support available, and accommodation options, head to our For Students page.
You can also reach out to our team for support, resources, or a chat. Joanna is available at email@example.com