The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc.
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School-based Programs for Children and Young People from Refugee Backgrounds and their Families
The VFST has worked in partnership with schools since the early 1990s, providing direct services to students and their families, refugee group work and professional development for school staff.
Two group programs have been conducted by VFST in a broad range of schools,
Kaleidoscope for secondary level, and Rainbow for primary level. The programs
are designed to be delivered by schools in partnership with counsellors
experienced in providing support to refugee families.
In 2003, School Focused Youth Services funded a pilot project at Preston Girls’ Secondary College to broaden the Kaleidoscope group program into a whole-of-classroom approach. This pilot was conducted in partnership with Austin CAMHS, and the evaluation generated a further pilot in three additional secondary colleges in 2004. An outline of Kaleidoscope for the Classroom will be available in 2005.
In 2001, funding was received for two school based refugee projects, comprising:
Both projects formed partnerships with Victorian school communities and produced three resources for school use, being:
Production of these resources was also supported by VicHealth, Myer Foundation,Telstra
Foundation and ANZ Trustees.
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