Out of care, into university: raising higher education access and achievement of care leavers


Permanent URL for this page: http://hdl.voced.edu.au/10707/353976.



In Australia, young people up to 18 years who are unable to live with their birth families are placed in different forms of out-of-home care, including kinship care, foster care, residential care, family group homes, and independent living. People who spent time in out-of-home care before the age of 18 are subsequently referred to as care leavers when they transition out of the system. Care leavers rarely transition to higher education. They are largely excluded from the level of education that brings the highest wage premiums and lifetime rewards. Despite their extremely low university...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Equity; Higher education; Disadvantaged; Policy; Participation; Outcomes

Keywords: Access to education and training; Socially disadvantaged; Transition from secondary to further education and training; Attitude; Achievement

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Melbourne, Victoria: Access and Achievement Research Unit, La Trobe University, 2015

Physical description: 69 p.

Access item:


Related items: TD/TNC 128.123

The related report, 'Recruiting and supporting care leavers in Australian higher education' is indexed in VOCEDplus at TD/TNC 128.123.

Resource type: Report, paper or authored book

Document number: TD/TNC 119.1034

Show Extra Info
QR Code for https://www.voced.edu.au/content/ngv%3A67646