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
The plan lays out targeted actions to strengthen our approaches to at-risk students from early childhood, through school, to post-school.
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, 43.7KB) 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.
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Youth engagement alliance
Re-engagement is a shared responsibility. There are some issues where agencies are more likely to achieve success together, including lifting outcomes for Aboriginal students and Torres Strait Islander students, students in out-of-home care, students in the youth justice system, young people in disengagement ‘hot spots’ across Queensland, and students who are disengaged due to mental health issues, domestic violence and homelessness.
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. Alliance members include senior representatives from multiple government agencies, as well as the Queensland Catholic Education Commission, Independent Schools Queensland, state schools, and TAFE Queensland.
View the Youth engagement alliance members (PDF, 120KB).
Inter-agency collaboration guide
Education can change a young person's life. The Queensland Government and its key partners are committed to supporting every young person to achieve the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in life.
But for some young people, life is complex.
Securing that first foot in the door to further education, training and employment can seem like a distant dream when you’re facing homelessness, health issues, justice concerns or complex family issues.
The Youth Engagement Alliance has been established to partner in our efforts to assist those young people who experience complex situations, and to transition them through the range of government services with a collective eye on the end goal of educational attainment. It’s a partnership across government, and with our key education partners.
On this page, you will find information about the Alliance members, and tools and information to guide collaborative practice of our teams across the state in supporting young people. The tools and information recognise the diversity of our young people and support professional decisions by staff across these agencies to respond with the flexibility and agility required to meet their many and varied needs. More information will be included on this site over time to better support this vital work.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the hard-working professionals in every corner of the state who strive to improve the futures of our young people. Through this work and the regional Youth Engagement Hubs, the Department of Education is working to support you in this important work.
Key Queensland Government departments and their partners have made a pledge to work together to ensure that every child and young person is equipped with the tools and support they need to succeed professionally and personally. This pledge forms the foundation of the work of the Alliance in its aim to ensure every Queensland child succeeds.
Read our pledge to young people (PDF, 440KB).
Inter-agency collaboration guide
The Inter-agency collaboration guide helps Queensland Government officers work together to support young people in fulfilling their potential. The handbook provides a framework to work within, plus ideas and tools that officers can use to incorporate best practice in their collaborations with other agencies. The guide also presents examples of how agencies have worked together to achieve success and relates stories from young people that offer insights from their perspective.
Download the Inter-agency collaboration guide (PDF, 2.6MB).
For more information about the Youth engagement alliance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 about Youth engagement hubs, please contact a Youth engagement team.
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