Out-of-home Care Education Commitment: a Partnering Agreement

The current partnering agreement was refreshed in 2018, with changes to align with current legislation, policy and programs available to children and young people in out-of-home care to support their education, health and wellbeing.

Learning mentors

For a short video overview of the role of the learning mentor, refer to: learning mentor training packageExternal Link .

For more information about learning mentors and supporting children and young people in out-of-home care, see:

Individual education plans

Individual education plans (IEPs) assist students who require a range of supports with their education.

An IEP is a written statement that describes the adjustments, goals and strategies to meet a student’s individual educational needs so they can reach their full potential. An IEP is essential as it helps you plan and monitor a student’s unique learning needs.

The department has developed guidance and resources to support the development of IEPS. Refer to the Individual Education Plans Policy for further information.

Education needs analysis (ENA)

The education needs analysis guidelines require specific activities and processes. These are described in the guidelines and are also described in the following documents:

The ENA guidelines require the use of specific reporting templates. These are described in the guidelines and are also described in the following documents:

Designated teachers

The following resources are provided to support designated teachers:

Support for carers

Support for schools and agencies

Standards, policies and plans


Templates and checklists


Child protection protocol training packageExternal Link – provides guidance to principals, teachers and Child Protection workers on the protocol for protecting children from harm.

Health, care and welfare organisations

Resources page containing supporting resources and links for this topic

Reviewed 10 January 2024

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