School Focused Youth Service


The role of School Focused Youth Service (SFYS)

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.

Bass Coast Health (BCH) SFYS is funded by the Victorian Government to work with schools in Bass Coast and South Gippsland shires to fund the delivery of two types of services – targeted interventions for the SFYS target group of students, and capacity building for schools to better support these students. Each of these are outlined below.

Services for students: targeted interventions

BCH SFYS work with schools to deliver targeted interventions for the SFYS target group (Year 5 to 12 students who are disengaging from education). Interventions are delivered in partnership with other agencies and/or consultants. The key features of these interventions are that they provide opportunities for these students to improve their social and emotional skills, experience success, foster greater self-esteem, develop more positive attitudes towards learning and increase connectedness to school.

Services for schools: capacity building

BCH SFYS is also funded to work with schools to build their capacity to better support the SFYS target group. Capacity building activities may be delivered on their own, or in conjunction with a targeted intervention to improve the overall impact of the intervention.

Capacity building activities will generally consist of professional development programs aimed at increasing school staff understanding, and/or ability, to support the SFYS target group and may be delivered directly by the BCH SFYS, or in partnership with another agency. Professional development program content is determined by the barriers to engagement and indicators of disengagement identified in that student population.

More information on prevention and early intervention strategies used by government schools, as well as professional development available for school staff, can be found on the Department’s website

For wellbeing and engagement strategies, as well as an overview of professional development support, available in independent and catholic schools,

For local support services for parents and young people please see the Community Guide to local health services and supports

* Bass Coast Health School Focused Youth Service is funded by the Department of Education and Training

Victorian State Govt Edu & Training


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