Improve the profile of Strategies for Managing Abuse Related Trauma (SMART) training for educational staff, requiring that to be part of professional development where appropriate.
The Department for Education has been actively promoting both individual training and a whole-school approach to raise the profile of trauma-informed practice.
In February 2018, a Student Wellbeing Leaders (SWL) conference with a focus on trauma was held for SWL across all partnerships.
In Terms 1 and 2 18 SMART professional development sessions are scheduled for a range of educators and care staff and offered in metropolitan and regional areas. The capacity to continually enhance the profile and reach of SMART for educational staff will be achieved by providing train the trainer sessions that have been booked to capacity.
Professional development programs for school teams, to support a whole-school approach to trauma-informed practice were introduced in March 2018. Scholarships to complete the Graduate Certificate in Trauma will be offered to targeted school staff.
A tender process has commenced to develop a preferred panel of providers for trauma-informed practice training and professional development to meet the diverse needs of educational staff and school communities.
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The South Australian Government accepts this recommendation.
Improving the profile of teachers and educational staff engagement with Strategies for Managing Abuse Related Trauma (SMART) training is an important step towards improving how the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) works with children and young people in care.
The government has committed to a number of initiatives to improve the profile of SMART training and raise awareness of the impacts of trauma in general:
- increased promotion of SMART training through existing DECD communication channels including LinkED and Xtra+ and school counsellor distribution lists
- update relevant DECD policies and procedures related to student wellbeing with information relating to SMART training where applicable
- trial a whole-of-school approach to support students with severe trauma
- increase training opportunities for a range of people and roles that include:
- wellbeing practitioners
- support services
- school-based counsellors
- ancillary support staff
- staff working in the Anangu Lands School
- update and renegotiate training contract with the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) to ensure needs of the trauma training needs of DECD staff are met.
To implement these initiatives, staff have been assigned to coordinate training, implement promotional strategies, identify target groups, undertake needs analysis and tailor training requirements.
To further support an improved profile for SMART training, DECD has renegotiated and expanded the service agreement with ACF, which delivers SMART training to DECD staff.