School Focused Youth Service (SFYS) was first established in 1998 as a joint initiative between the Department of Human Services and the Department of Education. SFYS was developed to strengthen support for vulnerable young people 10-18 years that have been identified by the school or student services officers as being at risk and requiring early targeted or intensive intervention.
The next phase of the School Focused Youth Service (July 2013 to December 2015) acknowledges that schools need to work in partnership with community agencies with expertise to support young people with complex needs or emerging mental health issues to remain engaged or reengage in learning.
The objective of the School Focused Youth Service is to ensure that at risk young people are well supported in their communities, that risk factors are addressed or mitigated and that they continue to be engaged and connected to education. This will be achieved by:
- creating partnerships and pathways between schools and community organisations to support at risk young people
- coordinating the provision of community based services in partnership with schools and community agencies to support schools to address the needs of at risk young people.