Legislative Council: Tuesday, February 07, 2023


Student Support Services

In reply to the Hon. S.L. GAME ().1 November 2022).

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): The Minister for Education, Training and Skills has advised:

It is my expectation that our schools are inclusive of all South Australians, regardless of their background.

The Department for Education consults various local, national and international best practices, and stakeholders when developing policy.

Educators actively look to engage with parents and children to seek agreement on the best way to support any child at school. All site leaders are highly experienced educators who work to create inclusive and safe learning environments for all students.

A child or young person's physical and psychological safety are carefully considered when making any decision. As with all students, if a child is showing mental health concerns, discussion will take place with the parent/guardian, and advice given to seek appropriate mental health support.

Reasons for making decisions are documented and are always guided by the best interest of the child or young person at school. At all times parent/guardians are informed about the decisions made.