InformationThis general information is provided as a guide for young people, parents and caregivers, service professsionals and schools. If you find incorrect information please contact us to have the relevant page updated.
- Legal Issues
- Road Safety
- Same sex attracted and gender diverse
- School Refusal
- Self Harm
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Health
- Suicidal Behaviour
- Anger Management
- Cultural Support (CALD)
- Depression & Anxiety
- Drugs & Alcohol
- Education and career development
- Family Violence
- Indigenous Australians
- Body Image
There are a number of underlying factors as to why a student may be refusing or not attending school such as bullying, family issues, stress, learning difficulties and curriculum. In order to support a student re-engaging in school these issues need to be explored.
- Reluctance or refusal to attend.
- Usually at home with parental knowledge.
- Severe emotional upset (tantrums, feeling unwell etc )
- Attempts by student to conceal absenteeism from parents/teachers.
- Student often avoids home when absent from school.
- Relates to 5-20% of young people.
- Incidence of increases with age.
- Most not coping with school academically.
- Is often condoned by parents.
- Shopping trips.
- Medical/dental appointments.
- Support/help at home.
- Support for an unwell parent.
- Education is not highly valued.
Explore the underlying factors as to why a student may be refusing or not attending school.
Provision of a flexible curriculum.
Tracking, recording and monitoring absences.
Quick and consistent follow up with the student and their family.
Cooperation between school and parents.
Engage with the student so that they feel like part of the school.
Access community supports.
Develop a coordinated plan with student, family and school to support the student in reengaging in school.
- Encourage a regular pattern of your child attending and arriving on time at school.
- Provide the school with an explanation if your child is away.
- Contact the school if your child does not want to go to school.
It’s Not OK to Be Away: Student Attendance Support Kit – Department of Education & Training Victoria
Premier’s Drug Prevention Council – Truancy Resource Booklets - A guide for the student welfare coordinator booklets.