Student Support Services assist children and young people faced with learning barriers to achieve their educational and developmental potential. They provide strategies and specialised support at individual, group, school and network levels.
Student Support Services comprise a broad range of professionals including psychologists, guidance officers, speech pathologists, social workers and visiting teachers. Student Support Services officers work as part of an integrated health and wellbeing team within networks of schools, focusing on providing group-based and individual support, workforce capacity building and the provision of specialised services.
Student Support Services operate within networks of schools with objectives to:
- work in collaboration with services within the community to identify and intervene early with children and young people who have additional needs or are at risk of disengagement
- develop the capacity of the workforce within schools to meet the needs of children and young people who have additional needs, or are disadvantaged or vulnerable, to enable them to achieve successful education and wellbeing outcomes
- target the delivery of individual support services to those who require specialised expertise, assessment and intervention in order to overcome barriers to learning
- respond to emerging student wellbeing needs and contribute to identified school and network priorities
- respond to critical incidents involving students, staff and school communities
- facilitate and strengthen partnerships between Student Support Services in schools and early childhood services, community organisations and community services, and health, family, child, mental health and youth services in order to provide greater options and coordinated service provision for children, young people and their families.
For further information about Student Support Services: