Funding arising from the Suicide Prevention Task Force Report enabled the development of a comprehensive statewide framework for student welfare incorporating primary prevention, early intervention, intervention and postvention in 1998. Funding arising from the Suicide Prevention Task Force Report (July 1997) enabled the Department of Education to enhance welfare services for schools and their communities and to develop a comprehensive statewide framework for student welfare incorporating primary prevention, early intervention, intervention and postvention.
The strengthened student services budget, streamlined into two operational areas, is to be delivered through the regions to cover: student support services, which include student welfare, visiting teacher, curriculum and speech pathology services assessment services. This framework will be supported by the integrated services initiative that will be implemented in partnership with the Department of Human Services and a comprehensive professional development program for both existing and additional student services officers.
The Professional Development resource is targeted primarily at student support services staff, particularly guidance officers, social workers and student services officers. It is also appropriate to include representation from school administrators and designated school-based student welfare staff in the program. The Teacher resource is designed to assist schools, teachers and student support staff to strengthen student welfare and curriculum support inschools.