School Focused Youth Services

The School Focused Youth Service is a Department of Education and Training initiative intended to support original ideas that can keep at-risk students engaged in mainstream education. The program is currently the responsibility of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, and Family Life is an auspice body, contracted to deliver the SFYS program in the Frankston, Bayside and Kingston Local Government Areas.

The service aims to strengthen the support for 10-18 year old vulnerable children and young people by improving integrated service response, facilitating partnerships, and coordination of services between Government, Catholic and Independent schools and community service organisations at a local level.  This coordination of response is expected to result in improved outcomes for young people who are considered vulnerable to one or more of the following risk factors: violence, offending, depressive mood and depressive disorders, self-harm, and substance abuse. The brokerage aspect of the SFYS program supports innovative projects that meet the needs of the target group.

For more information please phone Family Life on 03 8599 5433 or email

Current Projects

Map Your World

Bayside/Kingston & Frankston

Map Your World is a curriculum-based program that teaches students how to become change makers and lead projects of change on issues that matter to them. Under SFYS, participating schools are able to integrate Map Your World into an existing curriculum and engage student at-risk of leaving school to solve the problems that affect their ability to attend school. Student groups explore what it means to become a change maker and delve deep into local issues within their school with a view to mapping, tracking, changing and sharing their projects.
Participating schools are provided with funds through SFYS to get their projects off the ground during 2017.

To read more about Map Your World click here, or to make enquiries for your school, contact SFYS Coordinator Jayne Valle on for more information.

Trauma Informed School Communities


This program has been designed specifically to teach educators from each Bayside and Kingston school the theory and application of the Neurosequential Model of Education (NME).
NME is an internationally acclaimed framework designed to teach educators how the young brain is impacted by trauma, and how to work effectively with traumatised students.
Participating schools will progress through a series of 3 face-to-face workshops and 2 follow-up in-house sessions with SFYS Coordinator, Jayne Valle.
Each school will be supported to implement customised strategies that fit the needs of the school and their students.

Champions for Change Youth Day


SFYS Frankston in partnership with the Butterfly Foundation is bringing together Year 6-8 students from various schools to share ideas on how to promote body confidence within their school community.

Date: Tuesday, 24 October
Time: 10am – 2pm
Venue: The Nave, Frankston High Street Centre
24–26 High Street, Frankston
Cost: FREE to attend but register interest early to not miss out

Please contact Jayne Valle, SFYS Coordinatior to register or for further information on or 03 9784 0650.


School Therapy Dogs


The use of Therapy Dogs to engage and regulate young people who have experienced early childhood trauma is an evidence based therapeutic intervention. Family Life is committed to using a trauma informed lens and innovative practices to support educators to keep vulnerable children engaged at school.

SFYS Frankston has supported the Reset Program at Monterey Secondary College and Aldercourt Primary School to introduce Therapy Dogs as part of their Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum.

Learner Self Assessment of Engagement tool (LSAE tool)


The LSAE is a survey that enables students to appraise their own level of engagement in education with respect to how the learner perceives his or her own well being, relationships, involvement in learning, teacher support, and basic needs (survival, love & belonging, freedom, power, and fun).

The LSAE survey generates a unique radar graph for each learner, with five ‘spokes’. Each spoke represents a discrete domain of engagement in education and each domain is composed of several aspects. The five domains of engagement are: wellbeing, relationships, involvement in learning, teacher support, and basic needs (survival, love & belonging, freedom, power, and fun). This information informs teacher, social worker, or therapist about the factors that are protective of the learner’s educational engagement and the factors that put the learner’s engagement at risk. Better understanding equals more affective educational support and gives rise to greater educational success.

SFYS Frankston is supporting the pilot of the LSAE tool in Frankston schools and the interventions required to respond effectively to the identified issues.

Student Wellbeing Coordinators Association (SWCA)


The Frankston Mornington Peninsula Student Wellbeing Coordinators Association has been revitalised and will recommence in Term 2 2017.

SFYS Frankston is working collaboratively with SFYS Mornington Peninsula, FMPLLEN and DET to ensure the network provides teachers and agencies with meaningful professional development opportunities and supports the region to use a collective impact model through increased collaboration. The network will meet once a month at the Hastings Hub.

Please contact Jayne Valle SFYS on for more information

SFYS Bayside Kingston newsletter

Our Bayside Kingston email newsletter is delivered every 1-2 months and features SFYS updates, student disengagement news, network information, and opportunities for teachers, parents and young people locally. To view an example of our newsletter, click here.

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