Keeping children safe and happy

One of the department's goals is that every child is known, valued and cared for. Here are some of the ways we help keep your child safe and happy.

Additional care

Public schools provide a range of other staff who contribute to personalised learning and support for students where needed.

These positions include:

  • learning and support teachers
  • English as an additional language or
  • dialect teachers
  • community information and liaison officers
  • home school liaison officers
  • Aboriginal education officers and teams.

Contact your school office if you think your child would benefit from these support services or you would like to know more.

Students with disability and additional learning and support needs

The NSW Government’s Every Student, Every School initiative is strengthening the provision of personalised learning and support for students with diverse additional needs. It has a strong focus on professional learning for teachers and support in our public schools.

If your child has any additional learning needs, inform the principal. The department provides a range of specialist services to support students with additional learning and support needs.This includes support for students’ diverse needs in learning or behaviour, students with disability, students with additional health and wellbeing needs, as well as students from diverse cultural and language backgrounds.

Every NSW public school has a learning and support teacher who works directly in the school to support students with additional learning and support needs and their classroom teachers.

School counselling

All NSW public schools have access to psychological expertise through the school counselling service. School counselling staff can help students who are having difficulties at school or home. They can also help families to access services outside of school if needed. You usually need to make an appointment with the school counsellor or school psychologist by phoning the school.

Anti-bullying environment

All public schools actively prevent student bullying and encourage appropriate behaviour by helping students build social skills and respect for others. Schools also have plans in place to deal with bullying or harassment, and school staff are trained to deal with these situations. You can get a copy of your school’s anti-bullying plan from the school office.

Refer to the NSW anti-bullying website where you will find resources and information for schools, parents and carers, and students.

The Office of the eSafety commissioner is committed to helping all Australians have safe, positive experiences online.

Return to top of page Back to top