Child wellbeing is a shared responsibility

We know that experiences of trauma impact on the brain development of our young people, affecting their experience of education and their capacity to learn.

Children and young people can experience trauma through single incidents such as a car accident or natural disaster such as bushfires. But a child may also experience complex traumas, which could involve events that are severe and interpersonal such as abuse, neglect, separation and exposure to domestic violence.

These experiences can have profound and enduring impacts on individuals, families, and the community more broadly.

That is why the Government committed $7.25 million over four years, to increase support for young people impacted by trauma and those with emotional and behavioural challenges.

We recognise there is a need to build capacity, while also establishing a strong and systemic foundation for the longer term.

To address this, the Government has developed a funding model that will build support directly in schools for students impacted by trauma and students with emotional and behavioural challenges.

Through this model we are providing $1.25 million in 2019-20, increasing to $2 million from 2020-21. It is structured around three levels of support and funding to build capacity across our government school system to support all students. Level One - Universal support for inclusive practice and student wellbeing; Level Two - Targeted support for schools with identified need; Level Three - Support for individual students with highly complex needs.

Work during 2020 will continue to be undertaken to refine the model in consultation with school communities.

This is in addition to other Government commitments, such as Strong Families - Safe Kids and Safe Homes Safe Families.

The Child and Student Wellbeing Strategy puts the child at the centre of our efforts to improve wellbeing, while recognising that some learners, such as those impacted by trauma, may need additional support to ensure they can engage in learning.

The Alice Springs Mparntwe Education Declaration, recently signed by all Australian Education Ministers, includes a greater emphasis on the individual needs of all learners and the importance of students having a voice in their education.

We recognise that the wellbeing of Tasmania's children is a shared responsibility and requires a collective effort.


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