Students are better prepared for learning when they are healthy, safe and happy, therefore, student welfare is the responsibility of all staff working in a whole school context. Student learning cannot be separated from welfare.
Helping students to learn effectively and to develop positive attitudes and behaviours are goals that have long been shared by teachers, student support services staff and parents. It requires that each young person is educated in an environment which provides for their individual development. This has been a long standing challenge for all involved in education.
The Framework for Student Support Services in Victorian Government Schools describes the principles, arrangements and the additional resources provided to strengthen student welfare and support services.
The Framework outlines the concepts of "continuity of care" and "partnerships between the school and the community" as the key to improving the services provided to students and their families.
It identifies four levels at which these services take effect (see image right).
The emphasis will be on primary prevention and early intervention as the most effective means of enhancing the resilience of young people.
Related to this is the development of the School Focused Youth Service. This is a joint initiative of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the Department of Human Services. Its aim is to develop greater continuity between the assistance provided by schools and by local community services.
The Framework for Student Support Services in Victorian Government Schools contains the following publications: