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Out-of-home care

Education services

Children in Residential Care

Gippsland region South Eastern region

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Children in Residential Care (CIRC) supports young people in residential care to achieve success with their education. The CIRC program uses a trauma-informed framework to provide specialist support to these students.

A trauma-informed approach to education

We recognise that trauma has impacted the lives and development of our students, and that there are often barriers for them to engage with education. Students often have gaps in their learning as a result of their life circumstances.

We believe that all young people can learn and achieve, and that education is important to them.

How it works

CIRC provides education planning, advocacy and support for students who are disengaged from education and have experienced problems at school.

CIRC teachers provide assertive outreach, form positive relationships with young people and develop an Individual Education Plan with them. We provide support and advocacy, and liaise with their care team and education settings to enable them to reach their education potential.

We also help students connect with education or training that meets their needs.

The CIRC program is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

About the team

The CIRC team has extensive experience working with the most vulnerable young people in care.

CIRC workers in our Gippsland and the South Eastern regions:

  • are registered teachers with wide experience in specialist education settings
  • are active members of the student’s care team
  • work collaboratively with case managers and other workers to support.

Guiding principles

CIRC is guided by 5 principles:

  1. Our students have experienced trauma through no fault of their own.
  2. Trauma impacts the development of the brain.
  3. Our students have struggled at school as a result of trauma.
  4. Young people can achieve at school despite the impact of trauma in their lives.
  5. Schools can adopt effective strategies to help students achieve at school and recover from trauma.

Contact us

For more information about CIRC in our Gippsland and South Eastern regions, please contact Chad Cooper on 03 9239 1400 or