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Raising Expectations

Raising Expectations: 

improving educational outcomes for young people in out of home care

Why we need this project

In Victoria, over 8000 children and young people are in care, including foster, kinship and residential care.  This number has doubled over the last 10 years.

Young people in care often experience trauma, instability and disruption, which impacts on their ability to learn.  This means they are are usually behind their peers academically and are far less likely to complete secondary school or attend university.

Who is involved

This three year project (until June 2018) is funded by the Sidney Myer Fund. The Centre, Federation University Australia and La Trobe University are collaborating with Anglicare and MacKillop Family Services on this project which aims to improve educational outcomes for young people in, and transitioning from, out of home care.  

About the project

Currently, only a small number of young people leaving care go on to university.  Not because they aren't capable, but because we don't give them the support and encouragement they need to go on to higher education. Aspirations for young people in care to go on to university are generally low, with less than 6% going onto university.This project recognises the particular issues and challenges faced by care leavers in going on to and completing higher and tertiary education. 

Through the Raising Expectations project, we aim to:

  • lift educational aspirations and achievements of young people leaving care
  • Strengthen supports and services available to young people so they can succeed once they are there

For more information or to be involved, please contact Joanna Humphries at or 9094 3509.

Go to the project web page for the latest information on:

  • services and supports being offered by the Universities for Care Leavers
  • scholarships for Care Leavers
  • upcoming events at the Universities for Care Leavers and young people at school
  • response to the online carer and practitioner survey

Project Fact Sheet


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