Young people learn most effectively when they feel safe and supported.
Many young people experience barriers in accessing and engaging with learning. Often these barriers can include family violence, neglect or living out of home which can make attending school a struggle. MacKillop Family Services’ Education and Engagement Programs cater for those who find it difficult to learn in a mainstream school setting. In these programs, we support young people aged 6 -18 years with diverse and complex needs.
We work with children and young people to ensure that learning is a positive experience that offers not only academic success but also nurtures their social and emotional wellbeing. We do this by adopting a holistic, trauma-informed model of practice that promotes safety, positive relationships and creates a supportive learning environment.
Our Education and Engagement programs provide school-based or targeted learning interventions, outreach and homework programs, as well as learning and teaching resources.
By adopting a more individualised, flexible approach to learning, we support young people to transition back to mainstream or access vocational training or further education.
Access Ed is a specialist education support service for young people who are disengaged or at risk of disengaging from education. It is available to young people living in a residential care home.
Working in partnership with the student, carers, case managers and schools, our goal is for young people to take an active role in their learning journey to improve their educational outcomes.
The Access Ed service offers:
Vocational education support and guidance
Provision of educational and sensory resources
Assistance to access financial support to enhance education outcomes,
Alternate learning strategies (i.e. music lessons, art therapy, mentoring, animal-assisted learning)
Mackillop Family Services delivers targeted interventions for students who are vulnerable to, or showing signs of, disengaging from their education. These interventions also aim to the build the capacity of schools to better support those students to remain actively engaged in their learning and successfully complete their education.
School Focused Youth Services (SFYS) supports children and young people in:
The Paw Pals Animal Assisted Education (AAE) Program has been developed by MacKillop Education for students who are currently disengaged, or at risk of disengaging, from education. Our program focuses on building student engagement and confidence through animal assisted educational-based activities and individualised learning sessions, working alongside our trained therapy dogs and program facilitators. AAE is a planned and structured student intervention with specific academic and educational goals.
MacKillop Education implements the ReLATE model, and therefore our staff understand the impact and implications of developmental trauma on a student’s learning and education. AAE Paw Pals provides a positive learning environment which supports students to quickly develop trust and self-esteem as an independent learner.