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Student Welfare

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‘Student Welfare refers to the promotion and maintenance of good learning, good mental and physical health as well as social well-being of students, and conditions which are conducive to these’. 1

Schools and other educational institutions have a responsibility to every student to ensure they have the best possible educational experience. As the above quote indicates, this is not just in reference to learning but also in respect of their physical and emotional well-being. This is becoming more necessary with the increasing access to, and use of, new technologies such as the internet and mobile phones. Cyber bullying and an increasing need for internet safety are becoming more common. Vigilance is also required with regard to child abuse of any kind, with teaching staff as mandatory notifiers.

Schools and other institutions have Welfare Policies designed to provide clear guidelines for all parties and including strategies involving all relevant parties - student, staff, parents and outside bodies where required. Samples of these are provided below.

This page looks at Student Welfare requirements and procedures in all states & territories.

States & Territories

Australian Capital Territory

Education and Training Directorate ACT

  • Student Wellbeing
    ‘Supporting students to take positive action and responsibility for their physical, social, emotional, moral and spiritual health’. Related pages include :

New South Wales

Catholic Education Commission NSW

  • School Holiday Parent Kit
    ‘Ten fact sheets providing tips on avoiding holiday stress, safety issues and fun activities for the kids during school holidays’.
  • Student Wellbeing [AIS]
    ‘Provides a wide range of services and assistance for schools in the area of student wellbeing’.

Department of Education

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Northern Territory

Catholic Education NT

Department of Education

  • Behaviour Management for Students and Parents
    ‘Government schools follow a code of behaviour which sets standards and expectations of behaviour in schools, what is unacceptable behaviour and the consequences that may follow’.
  • Code of Behaviour
    ‘Every school has a behaviour plan. This is developed in consultation with parents and the school community’.
  • Health and Wellbeing of Students
    ‘Introduction; Student health; Bullying, cyberbullying and cybersafety; Social and emotional support for students; Student safety and wellbeing; Behaviour management for students and parents’.
  • School Counsellor Services
    ‘Information on school counsellors and the role they play in schools to support students and families’.

Queensland

Catholic Education Qld

Education Queensland

  • Updated ! Code of School Behaviour
  • Cybersafety
    ‘Students are spending increasing amounts of time online and using technology more than ever before. It is important for students to know how to stay safe online. Parents and school staff can support students to keep themselves and others safe online’.
  • Learning and Wellbeing Framework
  • Positive behaviour for learning
    ‘Every member of the school community (school staff, parents and students) has a role to play in creating a safe, supportive and disciplined school environment, where students can learn and achieve’. Multiple links to further information.
  • Preventing Bullying and Violence
    ‘Bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence are actions and behaviours that are not acceptable in schools. State schools have a Updated ! Responsible behaviour plan for students that describes how they create positive environments and deal with bullying behaviours’. Pages that form part of this area include :
  • Parents
    ‘This section provides information and advice about how to support you child and work with the school to stop bullying occurring’.
  • Schools
    ‘What is bullying ?; A positive approach; What do I do if bullying is reported to me ?; Resources; Online notification systems’.
  • Students
    ‘What is bullying ?; I am being bullied; Someone I know is being bullied; One Punch Can Kill Campaign; Take a Stand Together App; The Allen Adventure App; Creep quiz’.

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South Australia

Catholic Education SA

Department for Education and Childhood Development

Tasmania

Catholic Education Tasmania

  • Child Safe Organisation Policy
    ‘The purpose of this Policy is to establish and maintain Catholic Education Tasmania as a Child Safe Organisation ’. PDF document linked to a range of policies designed to ensure safety and care.
  • Cyberbullying Policy
    PDF document.

Department of Education

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Victoria

Catholic Education

Department of Education and Training

  • Updated ! Bully Stoppers
    ‘Bully Stoppers supports students, parents, teachers and principals in working together to make sure schools are safe and supportive places, where everyone is empowered to help reduce the incidence of bullying in all Victorian schools’.
  • Updated ! Cyberbullying
    ‘Cyberbullying is bullying that is carried out through the internet or mobile phones. Our site has resources to help students, parents and schools to deal with cyberbullying and learn about cybersafety’.
  • Updated ! Dimension : Health and Wellbeing
    ‘This dimension is part of the Positive Climate for Learning priority’. Multiple sections.
  • Updated ! Engagement
    ‘Student engagement policy, mentoring, support for disengaged students, creating safe and respectful communities’.
  • Updated ! Mental Health
    ‘Schools have a range of strategies in place that promote healthy minds and positive mental health. This includes creating safe environments, teaching social and emotional learning and recognising the importance of families’. Links to range of documents and other resources.
  • Updated ! PROTECT - Child Safe Standards
    ‘The new Child Safe Standards will ensure the safety and wellbeing of children in schools and early childhood services’.
  • Updated ! Respectful Relationships
    ‘Respectful Relationships supports schools and early childhood settings to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours – and to teach our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence’. A Respectful Relationships Resource Kit is available here.
  • Updated ! School Focused Youth Service
    ‘Support[s] at risk young people who require prevention or early intervention strategies to assist their learning, development, health and wellbeing’. Updated ! SFYS Guidelines are found here.
  • Updated ! Student Engagement Policy
    ‘Every school is required to have a student engagement policy that articulates the expectations and aspirations of the school community in relation to student engagement, including strategies to address bullying, school attendance and behaviour’.

Independent Schools Victoria

Western Australia

Catholic Education Office

Department of Education

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Reference

1. Senior Education Officer’s Conference - Student Welfare. MOET Vanuatu, 2014. Web. 7 November 2016. http://moet.gov.vu/docs/conference-papers/Students'%20Welfare_2014.pdf.

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