2018 CHIEF MINISTER’S AWARDS WINNER – Department of Education


Sadadeen primary school in Central
Australia recognises the relationship between learning belonging, safety,
culture and nurturing children. Many of the 237 students, who are largely
Aboriginal, have involvement with Territory Families, a background of
complex trauma, ongoing intergenerational trauma or live in precarious situations.
Sadadeen has partnered with government and non-government services to embed a
whole school approach to trauma-informed practice. It has adopted a child and
family centered model that responds to needs and recognises the many barriers
to school engagement that children and
families experience. The impacts of this approach can be seen on a number of levels including a decline in behavioral
incidents by almost 50% between 2015 and 2017 and promising signs of improvement in literacy for children in the early years.

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