Promoting Wellbeing for Refugee Students

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

Refugee children, including asylum seekers, with past experiences of violence and persecution may need support to address the psychological impact of these experiences. This support assists them to settle into a new school and fully participate in school life and education:

  • Foundation House - offers a range of services and programs to to meet the needs of people who have been subjected to torture or other traumatic events in their country of origin, or while fleeing those countries.
  • Student Support Services Officers - provide specialist advice and support to schools, including guidance officers, psychologists and social workers.

School-based interventions may include pastoral support programs, counselling, group programs, mentoring and art and play therapy. Buddy programs can assist students to ease into school-life through providing support, a social connection and practical information about school.