The School Focused Youth Service (SFYS) is a program that works with schools to support vulnerable students (from grade 5 to year 12) to remain engaged in their education. It is an early identification and intervention program aimed at supporting students who are at risk (due to issues such as homelessness or mental health) or are showing signs of disengaging from education (such as low or erratic school attendance).

The SFYS coordinators work with schools to deliver targeted programs for students. They provide advice to schools, including connecting schools to appropriate community-based services that can provide specialist support to children and families around a range of individual and family or carer needs. They also work with schools to provide appropriate professional development to build capacity of teachers and other school staff to support vulnerable students.

SFYS does not provide direct support to individual students, but works with the school’s leadership, teaching and wellbeing staff to deliver programs that target students who are showing signs of disengagement from school. The SFYS program based at Ballarat Community Health works with all government, Catholic and independent primary and secondary schools across the city of Ballarat and the shires of Moorabool Golden Plains and Hepburn.

If you would like more information about the SFYS program at Ballarat Community Health, speak to a SFYS coordinator on 5338 4500 or contact your school.

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.