The School Focused Youth Service (SFYS) program works with schools to support vulnerable students (in Grade 5 to Year 12) to remain engaged in their education. SFYS does not provide direct support to individual students but works with the school leadership, teaching and wellbeing staff to input programs that will target students who are showing signs of disengagement from school.

The SFYS program based at Ballarat Community Health can work with all primary and secondary schools across the municipalities of the City of Ballarat, Moorabool Shire, Golden Plains Shire and Hepburn Shire.

THE ROLE OF SCHOOL FOCUSED YOUTH SERVICE

While most children and young people attend school regularly and successfully attain a senior secondary qualification, a small proportion leave school early for a variety of personal, family or school-related reasons. Others facing complex problems may remain enrolled in a school but are not engaged in learning and demonstrate poor attendance or behaviour. These children and young people need to be identified early and provided with extra support to help them to remain actively involved in their learning and achieve success.

Schools may need to enact a combination of strategies in responding to the needs and circumstances of individual children and young people who are vulnerable to or showing signs of disengaging from their education. This may include schools working with community organisations who can provide specialist support to children and families around a range of individual and family/carer needs.

The School Focused Youth Service Coordinators based at Ballarat Community Health work with schools to deliver targeted programs for students by providing advice to schools, connecting schools to appropriate community-based services and assisting schools to build their capacity through teacher training, for schools to better support those students, to help those students remain actively engaged in their learning and successful complete their education.

 

 

Program Information

Who is it for?

All Government, Catholic and Independent primary and secondary schools across the municipalities of the City of Ballarat, Moorabool Shire, Golden Plains Shire and Hepburn Shire.

What is it about?

SFYS works with schools to support vulnerable students to remain engaged in their education. SFYS does not provide direct support to individual students but works with the school leadership, teaching and wellbeing staff to input programs that will target students who are showing signs of disengagement from school.

When and where is it held?

How do I get into the program?

Phone Ballarat Community Health on 5338 4500 to speak to a SFYS worker.

Program Cost

Free

Ballarat Community Health will, from time to time, offer free community based Health and welfare programs.  The programs are commonly supported through external grants that provide for the general betterment of the community.