About The Program
This early identification and intervention program is available to primary and secondary students in the Brimbank region who:
● face barriers to engagement, including homelessness
● are in a vulnerable cohort, for example are young carers
● are showing signs of disengaging, including low or erratic attendance
How the program works
Through School Focused Youth Service, local government and community-based agencies work with schools and students to deliver three types of services:
Work with students:
Our partners work directly with disengaged students. The solution-based program enables students to improve their social and emotional skills, build their self-esteem, develop more positive attitudes towards learning and experience success.
Work with teachers:
Our program enables schools to build teachers capacity and support them to better understand and respond to disengaged students. This includes professional development opportunities.
Work with families and carers:
A partnership approach between the school, families/carers of students and the SFYS partner can be an effective way to make sure students receive the additional support they need to remain engaged in their education.
Our School Focused Youth Service directly supports all government, independent and Catholic primary and secondary schools across Brimbank City Council.
School Focused Youth Service is funded by the Department of Education and Training.
Read our report on the challenges and opportunities facing children and young people.
Download our report to learn how youth in their younger and middle years can be better supported.
Read our research on ways of improving youth engagement at school.