Everyone wants to feel like they belong. Understanding the complexities facing young people, and giving them a learning environment that makes them feel connected and secure, forms the foundation of our commitment to ensure every child and young person in Queensland has a chance to succeed.
Youth engagement plan
As part of our commitment, we have implemented a youth engagement plan with actions to strengthen engagement from early childhood through to post-school. These actions included:
- sharing responsibility through system-wide collaboration
- connecting students, parents and schools with resources to support engagement
- responding to early warning signs
- strengthening transitions through each stage of schooling to further education and training.
Download the youth engagement plan (PDF, 2.5MB).
Everybody’s business report
A recent analysis revealed that in less than one year, over 4000 young Queenslanders have been re-engaged into education and training. Many of these young people were placed in innovative environments, such as the Queensland Pathways College, open learning hubs, pop-up classrooms for young people in the youth justice system and Get Set for Work. Other innovative approaches were also implemented across the state.
The Everybody's business (PDF, 891KB) (DOCX, 43KB) report provides an overview of some of those innovative approaches, and examines some of the key factors underpinning this success.
Youth engagement framework
The Department of Education has developed a framework, a framework for maximising engagement and re-engagement (PDF, 881KB), to help school practitioners meet the needs of children and young people who are disengaged or at risk of disengagement. Using an evidence-based approach, this practical guide outlines the components of a strong, inclusive education system and promotes consistent practice across schools and alternative settings.
Youth engagement practice guide
The practice guide (PDF, 621KB) is a companion document to the framework and provides schools with tools to support their high-quality and inclusive practice. The guide comprises:
- a practice guide for entry and exit – positive learning centres
- a practice guide for entry and exit – alternative settings
- data sources for measuring outcomes of education and training programs
- an overview of strong responses to students who are disengaged or at risk of disengagement – alignment with the National school improvement tool.
For more information about the youth engagement plan, please contact a youth engagement team.
Youth engagement alliance
Re-engagement is a shared responsibility. We have established a youth engagement alliance to partner in our efforts to improve the re-engagement of young Queenslanders in education, training or employment.
Find out more about the Youth engagement alliance.
Youth engagement hubs
As part of our commitment to re-engaging children and young people who have disengaged, we have established youth engagement hubs in every Department of Education region. The hubs complement the significant achievements of state schools in providing safe, supportive and inclusive schools for many young Queenslanders.
A local approach
Each regional youth engagement hub is different and designed to meet the unique geographic and demographic context of each region. Working in partnership with a range of government agencies, schools, registered training organisations, community-based organisations and other stakeholders, the hubs help young people who have become disengaged to re-engage in their education, training or employment.
The regional youth engagement hubs provide regional directors with the authority to lead engagement and re-engagement in their region by:
- tracking and re-engaging children and young people who are disengaged
- supporting mainstream schools to retain the vast majority of students
- fostering innovation and good practice
- allocating discretionary resources
- building collaborative capability, including with partner agencies
- supporting evidence-based decision-making.
The hubs also provide case management for those children and young people who need it, including:
- individualised coaching
- interim literacy and numeracy programs
- behaviour management programs
- connecting students with other government services.
For more information, please read our regional youth engagement hubs information sheet (PDF, 146KB).