Educational settings have a critical role to play in fostering positive and sustainable characteristics that enable students to achieve their best. Pastoral care and wellbeing in schools are interrelated and the concern of all staff and characterizes all relationships, supports, processes and structures. It covers all aspects of school life and includes the safe and supportive environment in which they learn. Promoting pastoral care and wellbeing in schools means not only caring for children, young people and families, but also looking after yourself and your colleagues. Maintaining staff wellbeing ensures that teachers are physically and emotionally available to their students, and have increased capacity to model social and emotional competence. Wellbeing and resilience also contribute to personal health, work satisfaction and career longevity.
A focus on student wellbeing is highly consistent with the Declaration of the Rights of the Child (United Nations, 1959) and the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA, 2008). For example, a core educational goal within the Melbourne Declaration is for all young Australians to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens.