If you need any support with education please contact your VACCA case worker or call your nearest VACCA office.
Here are a few points of clarification about the rights of our children and the responsibilities associated with their education:
- Every vulnerable Aboriginal child in Victoria aged 6-17 years has the right to attend their local state school and if for some reason they have been excluded from a school, it is the role of that school and the Department of Education to continue to oversee the education of that child until an alternative schooling arrangement is found.
- Every Aboriginal child of compulsory school age (6-17 years) should have and be overseen by a Student Support Group (SSG) organised by the school that meets each term to work out how to best support the child at school (this needs to include the family, community, VACCA or relevant agencies too)
- Every Aboriginal child of compulsory school age (6-17 years) should have an updated Individual Education Plan (IEP) developed by the SSG at the school, that is implemented and followed — action that is especially important during the COVID-19 crisis.
- If a student does not have internet access and has yet to receive a dongle, it is the requirement of the school to continue to provide a hard copy of their work until internet access is available. You can ask your worker to request this for a young person if it has not yet occurred.