Children and young people in care, or who have been in care, may be eligible for a range of education supports in government schools, non-government schools, and in vocational education and training.

If you are a young person or a carer of a child or young person, speak with your DCP caseworker for more information.

As a priority group, children and young people in care receive a range of priority services at South Australian government preschools and schools. This includes:

  • early entry into preschool
  • prioritised school enrolments
  • education planning (One Plan)
  • School Engagement Program
  • tutoring and mentoring
  • disability support
  • additional school supports
  • free School Card

For more information, speak with your DCP caseworker or visit education support for children in care.

Primary and secondary school-aged children and young people in care may eligible for a number of non-government school scholarships through the:

  • Catholic Education South Australia Scholarship Program
  • SEDA College SA Scholarship Program (year 11 and 12)

For more information, speak with your DCP caseworker or visit education support for children in care.

Young people who are, or who have been in care and are aged 16 years and over are eligible to have their fees waived for courses funded through the Government of South Australia’s Subsidised Training Initiative.

Young people with a care experience are automatically eligible to receive individual case management support through the TAFE SA Learning Support Services. Some universities also offer scholarships. The StudyAssist website is a helpful tool to find and apply for scholarships.

For more information, speak with your DCP caseworker or visit education support for children in care. You can also call the Skills Employment Infoline to find out what courses and careers are available on 1800 506 266 or visit http://www.skills.sa.gov.au

Children in care may also be eligible for a childcare subsidy available for low and middle income families in the general community, and an additional child care subsidy (wellbeing) in recognition of their care status.

For more information, speak with your DCP caseworker or visit child care assistance for carers.

Our partners

  • Department for Education
  • Catholic Education SA
  • SEDA College SA
  • Department for Innovation and Skills