Children and young people from diverse populations are statistically more at risk of exclusion, however education providers can make a difference to all children and young persons’ learning outcomes no matter what their personal circumstances. To achieve this, not only must educators form closer and more authentic relationships with these children and their communities, but the governments that fund learning environments must also be prepared to provide adequate resourcing and training opportunities.

Safe, Supportive, and Inclusive Learning Environments for Young People in Crisis and Trauma addresses both the general and specific issues that may prevent children and young people from diverse populations from being safe, supported, and included in learning environments. Some chapters focus on general factors that contribute to both inclusion and exclusion at early childhood and in formal school environments, while others present research-based best practice and practical advice to enable good education outcomes for indigenous, migrant, and LGBTQI children and those who experience mental health problems, drug misuse, and abuse. Lastly, the book includes information about how to negotiate and set up programmes that have been shown to be effective with communities that differ from the dominant culture.

This book provides practitioners in education, health, and social work with information and practical advice on how to retain all children and young people in early childhood, formal school education, and tertiary settings.

part I|132 pages

Diversity in education contexts

chapter 1|12 pages

Complex trauma and the teacher

Relationships and learning
ByAnne Southall

chapter 2|12 pages

Weaving success for all children

Relational and inclusive teaching practices in early childhood education
ByJanis Carroll-Lind, Gwen Davitt, Teresa Pleace-Robertson

chapter 3|13 pages

Demographic and socioeconomic predictors of school suspension

A longitudinal study in Victoria, Australia, and Washington State, United States
BySheryl A. Hemphill, Stephanie M. Plenty, Lyndal Bond, Todd I. Herrenkohl, John W. Toumbourou, Richard F. Catalano

chapter 4|17 pages

When things at school are out of sync

The bittersweet paradox of suspension and student belonging
BySharon du Plessis-Schneider

chapter 5|12 pages

“I dropped out early”

School disengagement and exclusion among young people experiencing homelessness
ByJessica A. Heerde, Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Arno Parolini

chapter 6|16 pages

LGBTI inclusion in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand schools

Policies and practices
ByTiffany Jones

chapter 7|12 pages

High school students at risk of exclusion

Systemic approaches to reducing risk factors and strengthening protective factors
ByAdrian B. Kelly, Bosco Rowland, Rebecca A. Kuhn, Andrew W. Munnings, John W. Toumbourou

chapter 8|12 pages

Taura Whiri a Whanaungatanga Manaakitanga me Kotahitanga kia awhi te Tamaiti 1

ByRotu Mihaka, Geraldine Koopu

chapter 9|12 pages

How we speak matters

ByDonald McMenamin

chapter 10|12 pages

Educating Aimee

Walking the road from inclusion to belonging
ByPatty Towl

part II|82 pages

Practical and positive outcomes for diverse school populations

chapter 11|15 pages

Pioneering narratives in MA¯ori immersion education

ByUna Pania Matthews

chapter 12|11 pages

Engaging African-Australian students and families in education

ByGeorgia Birch

chapter 14|10 pages

A multi-tiered strategy to treat trauma and build social-emotional skills among court-involved, at-risk, female students

ByBeverly A. Baroni, Lori Vanderwill, Angelique Day

chapter 15|17 pages

Strengthening pathways into higher education with remote indigenous communities in Australia

Lessons from the whole of community engagement initiative
ByJames A. Smith, Terry Moore, Kim Robertson, Cat Street, Allison Stewart, Donna Stephens, Aurelie Girard, Dean Yibarbuk, Benjamin Christie

chapter 16|11 pages

Looking upstream to improve the wellbeing of youth who are alienated from mainstream education in Aotearoa New Zealand

ByPat Bullen, Kelsey L. Deane, Kiri Wilder, Sabrina Zoutenbier

chapter |4 pages


ByPatty Towl, Sheryl A. Hemphill