Schools are complex and busy places charged with the responsibility of teaching an increasingly complex and overcrowded curriculum to a diverse range of students. This means that ‘softer’ skills such as relationship development, wellbeing pedagogy, and socio-emotional regulation tend to occur reactively, if at all. Or, they are relegated to add-on programs rather than deeply embedded in the pedagogy of the school.
Health and Wellbeing is a key focus area because we know that school connectedness, positive school cultures and teacher-student relationships are key protective factors. However, schools are also places where young people experience bullying and peer/teacher conflict. Mental health problems are of increasing concern for school communities with impacts for students, teachers, and principals. Student and staff voices are vital to understanding and improving wellbeing at school.
Researchers in C4IE’s Health and Wellbeing Program investigate the many varied components that contribute to positive school environments, including:
- Children’s rights, student voice, participation and representation,
- Intersection between digital technologies, student safety and wellbeing, including cyberbullying, social media, mobile phones in schools,
- Connectedness between students, teachers, school, community and culture,
- Safety, protection, and risk at school including bullying, restraint, seclusion, school violence, restorative and restrictive practices, classroom management, school climate, absenteeism, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicide,
- Programs and interventions including; School wellbeing and mental health initiatives, Positive Behaviour Intervention Supports, resilience programs, and trauma-informed practices, and
- Teachers’ emotional management, burnout and wellbeing.
Voice and Wellbeing Program Co-Leaders
Polydrug use in Australian 12-14 year olds from 2006 to 2017 : An examination of drug use profiles, emotional control problems, and family relationship characteristics
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Out-of-home care characteristics associated with childhood educational underachievement, mental disorder, and police contacts in an Australian population sample
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Comparing the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Secondary School Students at Mainstream Schools, Alternative (Flexi) Schools and Unemployed School-Aged Youth
School-Based Mental Health Promotion and Early Intervention Programs in New South Wales, Australia: Mapping Practice to Policy and Evidence
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