The School Focused Youth Service (SFYS) was established in 1998 as a joint initiative between the Department of Human Services and the then Department of Education. The SFYS is inclusive of the school sector of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV), and the Association of Independent Schools of Victoria.Since it was established, SFYS has developed significant expertise in local planning, early identification of vulnerable children and young people, and innovative responses to reduce risk.
These program guidelines have been developed as a project resource for the School Focused Youth Service (SFYS) for the period 2009–11. It provides background and policy context information and emphasises the partnership approach to and evaluation of SFYS. It covers in detail guidance for schools and agencies participating in SFYS around evidence-based strategies, governance, service boundaries, regional strategic planning, target group, brokerage, and accountability and reporting.