This policy sets out how schools access Student Support Services and how this service works as part of the Department’s multi-disciplinary Area team supporting schools and students.
- Access to Student Support Services (SSS) is managed through a referral process by a student’s school through the school’s SSS Key Contact Officer. This process is outlined in the in the (refer also to the ).
- The school must obtain informed consent from the student’s parent/carer where the referral is for direct support to a student or group of students prior to SSS delivering the service. The consent form is available in multiple languages in the .
- The school must record the referral in the (before the referral is assigned to SSS).
Student Support Services (SSS) teams are comprised of professionals including:
- speech pathologists
- social workers.
They support schools in assisting children and young people facing barriers to learning to achieve their educational and developmental potential.
SSS staff work as part of an integrated health and wellbeing team within each area, focusing on providing:
- workforce capability building for school staff
- group based and individual support
- the provision of specialised services.
Area teams use the Department's (also available in the ) to support local delivery arrangements. The Handbook supports principals and the Department's areas and SSS team members to implement the delivery model for SSS.
The Handbook offers guidance to SSS team members regarding working in area teams, working in portfolios and responding to area and SSS priorities. For schools, the Handbook defines the case referral approach and how schools can engage with the work of the SSS.
Reviewed 12 May 2022