Recently there has been a welcome push to strengthen the educational engagement of young Victorians who are facing disadvantage. However, not all disengagement from school is voluntary. Some young people are being forcibly ‘disengaged’ from school due to suspension, expulsion or other types of exclusion.

In this discussion paper, YACVic raises concerns that excluding students usually does not work to address disengaged or disruptive behaviour, and that vulnerable cohorts of students are disproportionately likely to be excluded from school.

We outline some good practice alternatives to exclusion, and invite the sector to provide further input and examples of successful practice.

In mid-2016 YACVic will be running sector forums in Melbourne, Swan Hill and Warrnambool to discussion school exclusion and gather advice to present to government.