The Role of Teachers in Identifying and Supporting Homeless Secondary School Students: Important Lessons for Teacher Education

Monica Thielking, Louise La Sala, Paul Flatau

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Abstract

Young people entering homelessness often do so while still at school. This study explores Australian teachers' and other student support staff perspectives of the experiences of students who are running away from home, the barriers to student help-seeking, and how local youth services can best support secondary schools to provide necessary services to keep students at school and at home or in some other form of safe and secure accommodation. The study revealed that although teachers and student support staff report awareness that student couch surfing exists; there are a range of barriers which prevent a student from seeking help. Teachers called for stronger relationships between schools and youth homelessness services to achieve a more effective and informed early intervention response. Teachers also asked for guidance on how to respond when students are homeless. The overall results have important implications for teacher education and practice as well as informing education welfare policies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7
Pages (from-to)95-109
Number of pages15
JournalAustralian Journal of Teacher Education
Volume42
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

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