MacKillop Education - International Forum for Child Welfare

International Forum for Child Welfare
WorldForum - October 2011
MacKillop Education - “Flexible Learning Options”
Ruth Hamilton - Manager/Principal
• MacKillop Family Services is a leading provider of
services for children, young people and their
families in Melbourne, Geelong, Western Sydney and
• Formed in 1997 as a refounding of the earlier works
of The Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of St Joseph and the
Christian Brothers.
• JUSTICE - every child has a right to a quality education
• HOPE - every child has the capacity to learn
• COLLABORATION - every child needs the support of
professionals and significant others if they are to develop the
necessary skills and knowledge to transition to adulthood
• COMPASSION - every child deserves to be heard and given a
second chance
• RESPECT - every child has the right to be heard and supported
in their education by highly skilled staff who are committed to
their education
“Students who do not complete Year 12 or its equivalent are more likely to
become unemployed, stay unemployed for longer, have lower earnings, and
over the course of their lives, accumulate less wealth, a problem that will only
increase with time as employers seek a more highly skilled workforce.”
“Children who experience trauma have lower educational outcomes, low
attendance at school and lower retention than those not exposed to traumatic
“difficulties engaging and retaining children and young people in the
mainstream school system often results in compounding wide-ranging social
issues and self-harming behaviour.”
“While university enrolments in Australia have more than doubled in the last
two decades, students from low SES backgrounds are three times less likely to
enter university than those from high SES backgrounds.”
“In Victoria alone there are over 5000 children living in out of home care and
over 24000 Australia wide.”
MacKillop Education.
Youth “Edventure” Program
A Specialist School
EMU program
CIRC – Children in Residential Care,
Geelong and The West
Dad’s and Kids in School (DAKS)
The Western Education Centre
The Western Education Support Team
Northern Education Support team
The “Rock Up” Program
“Learn Now” Project
Melbourne / Moonee Valley School Focused Youth Services
Three specific programs – disengaged or at risk of disengagement
• YEP – Youth “Edventure” Program
• Registered Catholic Specialist School 5 - 16yrs, 32 students at any one
time, full time program
• EMU – short term
• Referral
• Key teacher – Assessment, Individual Education Plan, Transition Plan,
Behaviour Plan, Timetable
• Teaching and Learning Plans – reflect developmental stages
• Curriculum links
Key features:
Student support group – planning process, negotiate timetable
Welfare support
Key teacher role
Relationship development
Understanding the student
Curriculum links
DAKS program.
In the Western suburbs of Melbourne as a result of a survey highlighting the
barriers parents/carers felt being involved in their child's education
Homework involvement program was considered but it was not the best way to
involve parents SO “Dads And their Kids” was born
Aim to involve parents - particularly fathers and male carers
DAKS Feedback.
Parent :
• Nice to join in without being embarrassed at their perceived lack of academic
• Valued down to earth activities
• Enjoying being around their children
Student :
• Enjoyed having their fathers in the school
• Expressed appreciation of the activities and having something to take home
• Enjoyed the food
• Both principals enthusiastic and want to build on the success
Children in Residential Care – (CIRC).
development and implementation of Individual Education Plan, in conjunction
with other relevant workers
co-ordination, liaison and support necessary for participation in education and
collate information on barriers to participation in education, obtain further
assessment where necessary
purchase services to assist child/young person to achieve potential
Transitions back to mainstream
Engagement of some young people
Complex case management
Ability to plan for multiple indicators of success
Lack of family support structures to continue the supports implemented at
Access to resources to support the demands of individuals
School’s limitations to respond to the needs of this cohort
Future Directions.
To get better at assessing the more diverse needs
Get better at complex case management approaches
Greater levels of engagement in learning
A Trauma Informed Shared Vision promoting
a Collaborative Approach.

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