Child and Student Wellbeing

Children and young people who feel safe, connected and secure are more likely to engage in their learning. A strong sense of wellbeing enables learners to explore, experiment and engage actively in their learning environment with the confidence to take advantage of new opportunities.

Wellbeing means that children and students feel loved, safe and valued, have access to material basics; have their physical, mental and emotional needs met; are learning and participating; and have a positive sense of culture and identity. This holistic approach acknowledges the many factors that contribute to the wellbeing of our learners.

The Child and Student Wellbeing Unit leads policy design, development and implementation on strategic child and student wellbeing initiatives. This includes coordination of the Student Wellbeing and Engagement Survey, resource development, provision of professional learning and leadership of cross-agency strategic policy advice.

The Child and Student Wellbeing Strategy (PDF, 19MB) underpins our current and future efforts to keep children and young people safe, well and engaged in learning, across all of our learning environments and  supports our wellbeing goal under the Department’s Strategic Plan. It adopts the six ARACY wellbeing domains including:

  • Loved, Safe and Valued
  • Material Basics
  • Healthy
  • Learning
  • Participating
  • Positive sense of culture and identity

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