There are a wide range of professionals who provide support to students and Victorian government schools.
Support at school
Professionals looking after your child’s welfare while at school may also include visiting teachers (for visually, hearing and physically impaired students), curriculum consultants and school education support staff, as well as:
Student support services
Student support services comprise a broad range of professionals including psychologists, speech pathologists and social workers.
They 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.
For further informaiton see student support services
Primary school nurses visit schools with the opportunity to have a health assessment, provide information and advice about healthy behaviours and link children and families to community-based health and wellbeing services.
Secondary school nurses aim to reduce risk to young people and promote better health in the wider community.
For further information see: school nurses
Chaplains support the emotional wellbeing of students by providing pastoral care services and strategies that support the emotional wellbeing of the broader school community.
For further information see: chaplaincy services
Student welfare coordinators
Secondary schools have student welfare coordinators, who are responsible for helping students handle issues such as truancy, bullying, drug use, family conflict and depression. They work with other welfare professionals and agencies to address student needs.
If you are concerned that your child may be having difficulties at school or are worried about your child’s behaviour, you should contact your school.
For more information about student support services, see: student support groups
Primary welfare officers
Primary welfare officers promote a whole school approach to health and wellbeing within the school community. These officers work in collaboration with students and parents, school staff including principals, teachers, aides, specialist staff, nurses and student support services officers and with broader community agencies.
For further information see: primary welfare officers