Objective: Learners have positive relationships and connections with others, feel safe in their learning environments, and are resilient to withstand life’s challenges.
Learners experience many challenges throughout their lives and need the tools to feel safe in their world.
These challenges may include being bullied by a peer, being impacted by trauma, lacking confidence, or family instability.
We have a shared responsibility to ensure children and students have positive and trusted relationships within a supportive education setting.
Our professional support staff play an important role in supporting the safety and wellbeing of our vulnerable children and students (such as those impacted by trauma and/or those with emotional and behavioural challenges).
Professional support staff include support teachers, school psychologists, speech and language pathologists, social workers and chaplains.
School Social Workers have professional skills and knowledge in:
- Personal safety and wellbeing
- Parenting support
- Conflict resolution and restorative justice
- Critical incidents
School Psychologists provide interventions for learning, engagement and positive student outcomes. Generally, students are referred by teaching staff. Parents may need to talk with their child’s teacher or senior staff if they wish to arrange a referral. Older students can self-refer. School Psychologists have professional skills and knowledge in:
- Child protection and wellbeing
- Trauma and Attachment Disorders
- Bullying, Cyberbullying and Respectful Relationships
The Respectful Schools Support Team work with schools to build whole-school, inclusive communities and school-wide positive behaviour support systems. The team work with support teachers to help build the capacity of teachers in making educational adjustments to meet the diverse learning needs of students.
The Interagency Student Support Team (IASST) work with other Student Support services to support principals and Child and Family Centre (CFC) Leaders to respond proactively to the needs of children and students whose wellbeing is impacted by abuse, neglect, or exposure to family violence. The IASST includes:
Safe Homes Safe Families team – provide support to students in Tasmanian Government schools and CFCs impacted by family violence
Student Wellbeing team – provide support to students enrolled in Tasmanian Government education settings for whom there are safety and wellbeing concerns.
School Health Nurses – support schools, families and communities to help foster healthy choices, (physical, social and emotional), and to create positive outcomes and a culture of lifelong learning. Primary School Nurses focus on kindergarten assessments, hearing and vision screening, developmental checks, local/state/national health promotion initiatives, targeted screening and health education aligned with the Australian Curriculum. Secondary School Nurses focus on health education aligned with the Australian Curriculum, including healthy relationships, mental health and wellbeing, body image, nutrition, local/state and national health promotion initiatives, targeted screening and positive parenting programs including: healthy relationships, mental health and wellbeing, body image, nutrition, local/state and national health promotion initiatives, targeted screening and positive parenting programs.
School Chaplains support wellbeing by providing pastoral care services and strategies that support the emotional wellbeing of students and the broader school community. From end 2019 school chaplains will be required to undertake professional learning with eSafety to support the prevention of bullying and cyberbullying.
There are a broad range of curriculum programs and professional learning resources that support our students being loved and safe in their learning environment, including resources that support Respectful Relationships Education and the Combatting Bullying Initiative.
Respectful Relationships Education – a range of teaching and learning resources developed by the Department to support implementation of Respectful Relationships Education.
Bullying Stops Here – this webpage has been developed by the Department to provide a wide range of information and resources for school leaders, teachers, students, parents and carers. Content includes: articles, videos, webinars, infographics, teacher tools, and student leadership resources.
Student Wellbeing Hub – the resources available on the Student Wellbeing Hub help are underpinned by the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework and help to create learning communities that promote student wellbeing and the development of respectful relationships
Office of the eSafety Commissioner – a range of school-based educational resources; portal for reporting image-based abuse, cyberbullying and offensive and illegal online content
eSmart (Alannah and Madeline Foundation) – offers a range of educational tools for: principals (tackling bullying and cyberbullying); teachers (lesson plans and training); students (classroom activities and active learning); parents (how to see the signs and get help)
Be You – a national initiative providing educators with free professional learning, and resources and strategies for helping children and young people achieve their best possible mental health. Be You consultants are available to support implementation of Be You within your context
Working it Out – offer a range of services including individual support; support groups; support in schools; professional learning
Stay ChatTY Schools Program – mental health awareness and suicide prevention program delivered to Years 9 to 12 in eligible Tasmanian Government schools free of charge. For more information or to make a booking, call 1300 364 277 or email email@example.com