New data from the AIHW shows that last financial year, 10,985 primary and secondary school students sought help from homelessness services (accompanied and unaccompanied); an 11% increase on the previous year.
The chaos and transience of homelessness is jeopardising the education of Victorian kids.
Without intervention and support, children who experience homelessness have a great deal of difficulty staying in school, focusing on their education and miss out on the emotional stability that comes with having somewhere safe and permanent to live.
Our State Budget Submission calls on the Victorian Government to invest $17.6 million over four years to improve school outcomes for kids without a stable home.
The four-year investment would support 12,000 students to stay in school by providing Specialist Children’s Homelessness workers at every access point, and expanding an already existing program called LOOKOUT that is currently only available to kids in out-of-home care.
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