A focus on student wellbeing and student ownership

Students play a powerful role in the development and maintenance of a safe school. They can make a positive contribution to the wellbeing of all students in the school, their families and members of the broader community.

Through assuming ownership for their own safety and wellbeing, as well as that of others, students develop a sense of connectedness and add meaning and purpose to their lives.


This section presents a range of approaches to developing student wellbeing, particularly the value of authentic student voice and strengths-based approaches in addressing this area.

In this video clip Professor Phillip Slee, director of the Centre for Student Wellbeing and Prevention of Violence at Flinders University, contends that schools are a natural site for the delivery of both anti-bullying and mental health programmes for students. Roger Holdsworth from the University of Melbourne also argues that young people achieve better outcomes in schools if they actively participate in, engage with, and provide and receive feedback within the school community.

Australian Curriculum links

The opportunity to exercise decision-making and to have ownership of their learning helps students to develop Personal and social capability, one of the general capabilities specified within the Australian Curriculum. This section includes an activity for staff to encourage cybersafety, addressing the Information and communication technology capability. Find out more about the Australian Curriculum general capabilities at the Australian Curriculum website.