Who are they, how do we know what works, and whose job is it?


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A comprehensive report into the challenges facing kids who miss school due to significant injury or illness aims to improve outcomes for an estimated 60,000 seriously ill Australian students.

Around Australia every day, thousands of kids with serious medical conditions remain at home or in hospital, watching from the sidelines and missing school. Some of these kids will experience frequent or extended absences from school – from a few weeks, or months, to possibly years at a time.

Yet they are not just missing school, they are missing out on much more. Students who face the double burden of illness and school absence face a variety of challenges in their education and may experience a range of adverse short-term and long-term consequences. Academic achievement may be hindered, school relationships can be disrupted, motivation and engagement diminished, and isolation from the school community and peer group can have a profound effect on the student’s social and emotional wellbeing.

Research as a result of a partnership between Missing School Inc and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, with input from the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, aims to address this important issue and was launched at Parliament House on Monday 12 October 2015.

The initiative received a statement of support from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and from the National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell.

The Full three-part report can be found here.

Part One of the report: Who are they? can be found here.

Part Two of the report: How do we know what works? can be found here.

Part Three of the report: Whose job is it? can be found here.


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