Training for residential care and youth detention staff to provide tutoring support to young people is set to be bolstered, with the ACT government to support an opposition call for improvements in the sector.
The Canberra Liberals will on Thursday move a motion in the ACT Parliament calling for ongoing support for staff to enable them to help young residents with literacy and numeracy.
The ACT government is expected to support the motion with minor amendments when it is debated in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday.
The opposition's family, youth and community services spokeswoman, Elizabeth Kikkert, said providing support to young people in care would help improve outcomes after they became adults and left care.
"Across the nation, poor educational outcomes are even more pronounced for children and young people in residential care. These kids cannot be placed in a home-based option, and they are often some of the most vulnerable in the system ... Many of these young people fully or partially disengage with formal learning," Mrs Kikkert said.
"We can improve their life outcomes, however, if we give them better supports before it's too late."
Mrs Kikkert's motion will call on the ACT government to assess Anglicare Victoria's TEACaR program, which provides one-on-one tutoring support for young people in care.
"This program has been shown to nearly double the educational engagement of young people in residential care homes," Mrs Kikkert said.
"Kids who have been removed from their birth families deserve every opportunity to access the learning and education they need to become happy, productive adults."
The ACT government last month committed to support an extension of out-of-home care for young Canberrans who wish to remain in care until they are 21, partly supporting an opposition motion.
The government stopped short of supporting the opposition's push for a taskforce to review extended out-of-home care arrangements.
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