Frankston High School has a comprehensive Student Wellbeing Team responsible for the wellbeing of its students. This year’s Wellbeing Team consists of four staff members who work between the Years 7-10 Campus and Senior Campus.
STUDENT WELLBEING TEAM
The Student Wellbeing Team are concerned with the welfare of students and are available to counsel students with problems and to consult with parents. They are available to students and their families, offering support through individual counselling, group support and in secondary consultation with teachers,
The Student Wellbeing Team also liaise with welfare services beyond the school and are able to refer people to these agencies where appropriate.
The Student Wellbeing Team respond to the needs of the school through school activities which enhance the wellbeing of the school community.
The counselling services are available to help students with a range of issues that include:
- Emotional concerns such as anxiety, grief and loss, depression, low self-esteem
- Family issues such as separation/divorce, parenting difficulties, parent-child or sibling relationships
- Peer and social issues such as bullying, peer relationships and social skills
- School related issues such as transition, motivation and organisation
- Stress management
- Anger management
- Developmental disorders
- Drug and alcohol issues
- Identity issues
- Health and general wellbeing
Students are encouraged to self-refer. They may also be referred by teachers, parents or other professionals (eg. Doctor). The Wellbeing Team also liaise collaboratively with other mental health professionals or community based services where appropriate.
Discussions with students are confidential. Each student is treated with respect, without discrimination or judgement. When information is shared outside the counselling space this is done with the consent of the student/parent. As a team, there are instances where we may discuss our support with others in the team in a peer supervision environment to ensure that we are supporting the student adequately.
Although our goal is to always have the consent of the student, due to mandatory laws and professional expectations there are times where The Wellbeing Team are bound to share information with others e.g. parents, relevant senior staff, or government agencies. These situations include:
- The student is at risk of harm to themselves or others
- A serious crime has been committed
- There has been a subpoena served to present documents to court.