The student support service program enhances the capacity of Victorian government schools to meet the additional learning and wellbeing needs of children and young people through the provision of access to school and community specialist support.
Student support services staff comprise psychologists, guidance officers, speech pathologists, social workers, visiting teachers and other allied health professionals who work with students and their families who are vulnerable or have additional needs to improve learning and wellbeing outcomes.
The changing context and issues relating to the structure and delivery of student support services have required the Department to think in new ways in order to optimise the benefits of the program. The Discussion Paper was distributed to all relevant stakeholders proposing:
overarching statewide student support services policy
targeted service delivery model in all regions
improved management structures
workforce support and supervision
better accountability and performance reporting arrangements
The new service delivery approach and associated improvements to the program will ensure an increase in the timeliness, responsiveness and targeting of support services to schools. This is consistent with the Blueprint for Education and Early Childhood Development and supports the objectives of the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians: December 2008.