It’s widely accepted that it is a fundamental requirement for student to feel safe and supported at school.

In order to help schools to address this, The National Safe Schools Framework was developed and furthermore the Safe Schools Hub is a really useful website that has been developed to support schools in with stage-appropriate advice for teachers, parents and importantly students.

Of particular interest to me is the section that focuses on student wellbeing and student ownership.

The site guides you through the key characteristics of a school that ensure students have an “authentic voice” and shared responsibility for their own wellbeing as well as that of their peers.

It includes case studies from schools around the country as well as heaps of activities that schools can run with their staff and their students.

There are also plenty of links to additional resources from around the country and the Internet for you to look at in order to further develop your schools approach to wellbeing.

As with most things you may well find that you are already implementing many of the recommendations, but nevertheless, it’s always wise to keep revisiting our approaches with regard to what works and doesn’t work for each cohort of kids we have.

And the Safe Schools Hub is a pretty good tool to help us do just that.


Author: Dan Haesler is a teacher, consultant and speaker at the Mental Health & Wellbeing of Young People seminars. His website is: and he tweets at @danhaesler