Social and emotional support

Schools provide supportive environments for students and families who may be dealing with emotional issues, or social or mental health problems.

Talk to your school about what help is available.

Other support services that promote positive mental health and wellbeing in young people and families are also available.

Guidance officers

Guidance officers provide short term counselling services to students and their families at all Queensland state schools.

They can help with:

  • identifying barriers to learning
  • personal and social development
  • diverse learning needs
  • educational and career pathways.

Contact your school to arrange a meeting with your guidance officer. School contact details are available by phoning 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or searching the schools directory.

Chaplaincy and student welfare services

Some Queensland schools have a chaplaincy or student welfare service—this is different to a religious instruction program. Chaplains and student welfare workers provide support for students and can be an additional adult role model in the school.

All religious, spiritual and non-religious beliefs are respected and involvement is voluntary.

Find a list of schools that provide chaplaincy and student welfare services.

The Chaplaincy Services in Queensland State Schools procedure explains more about the responsibilities of the schools, chaplains and student welfare workers when providing this service.

Youth support coordinator initiative

This program supports students in Years 10 to 12 who are at risk or disengaging from learning.

Eligible schools make local decisions on how their funding allocation will be used. Options include:

  • directly employing a youth support coordinator
  • topping up existing youth worker time at the school (e.g. student welfare worker)
  • establishing an agreement with a non-government organisation to deliver a youth support role
  • purchasing external programs on an as needs basis.

Read more about youth support coordinators and the list of state schools that provide the service.

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