School Focused Youth Service

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

School Focused Youth Service (SFYS) is available to support students from Grade 5 to Year 12 who are attending school but are vulnerable to or showing signs of disengaging from school.

The service is available to students across government, Catholic and independent schools.

34 agencies around the State are funded to work with schools to deliver

  • targeted interventions for students at-risk of disengaging,
  • capacity building for schools to better respond to the often complex needs of these students.

The agencies include local governments and community sector organisations, with expertise in working with young people and their families around a range of individual and family support needs.

Schools that are interested in accessing the service may contact either

  • the Senior Transitions Officer in their Department Area office
  • the Youth Programs Officer in their Department Area office
  • the SFYS agency located in their area.

SFYS’ contribution to the Education State

SFYS operates alongside the Navigator Program, an Education State initiative that commenced in 2016, to enable a more holistic approach to supporting vulnerable young people to stay engaged with education.

While SFYS agencies work with schools to support vulnerable students to remain engaged in their education, the Navigator Program provides direct support to young people who have completely disengaged and are no longer attending school, to help them re-engage with their education.

SFYS will directly contribute to the Education State target aimed at breaking the link between disadvantage and outcomes for students, by supporting students vulnerable to disengagement to stay in school.

List of SFYS Agencies

The list of current SFYS agencies by Department Area and local government areas.