Support from school
All schools have a Student Engagement Policy that describes the responsibilities and behaviour expectations of principals, staff, school councils and school community members.
The Department has developed the Student Engagement and Inclusion Guidelines to help schools to implement effective whole-school approaches that promote care, respect and tolerance and prevent and manage challenging behaviour.
To support individual students experiencing wellbeing or behavioural issues, Government schools also provide a range of supports including Primary Welfare Officers, school nurses, Student Welfare Coordinators and Student Support Services (includes speech pathologists and psychologists).
For more information about range of resources available to support students, see: Strategies and Supports Available to Schools.
You can also talk to your schools about whether it is approporatie to establish a 'Student Support Group' and a 'Behaviour Support Plan' for your child, which will provide an opportunity for you to work in partnership with your child’s school to develop consistent strategies to address needs and behaviours and support your child engage positively with school.
Support from home
If you feel that your child is having difficulties it is important to discuss your concerns with them and ask for help when you need it.
Talking and listening to your child at the end of their school day will help you find out what they have done at school, any positive experiences and also any difficulties they may be experiencing.
When talking with your child:
- try not to criticise or lecture
- try not to overreact but listen and share your ideas
- try to treat them with the same courtesy and respect that you show adults
- remember that talking face-to-face sometimes doesn’t work during these years – so try to make the most of other times, for example when you’re side-by-side while in the car.
Also, remember to speak with your child’s teacher about any concerns you have about their behaviour.
For more information about student engagement and behaviour, student support and disciplinary measures:
If you are concerned that: