This overview provides background information on Foundation House, the purpose of the resource, details of the content, and an outline of the whole-school approach.
Chapters 2, 3 and 4 describe the complex transitions for a refugee background young person. It outlines the experiences of trauma and violence, educational challenges, short and long-term challenges of resettlement in Australia, the effect these experiences may have on learning and wellbeing, and the implications for school practice.
Chapter 5 outlines the role of schools in supporting recovery from trauma.
Chapter 6 gives instructions on how to use the resource to create whole-school change.
Chapters 7–11 outline the five areas of a school where strategies can be implemented to support refugee background students. These five areas represent a school framework similar to that applied in the MindMatters resource, which is the national mental health promotion initiative to introduce a whole-school approach to mental health promotion in secondary schools.
There is an audit at the end of each chapter, and a full audit in Part 2, Resources, Tools, PLAs and Case Studies.
Advice and good practice examples are featured throughout to support the content of each of the five areas of action.
The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc. (2nd Edition (updated 2016). First published 2004, re-printed 2007, 2011, 2016.). Document name: School's In for Refugees; A whole-school approach to supporting students of refugee background.