Ed is a 15 year old boy who presents significant behavioural, emotional and social issues. His family come from a low socio-economic background and he has experienced significant physical violence. Prior to coming to Doxa he had transitioned through four schools due to relocation, eviction and the breakdown of the family unit. He has used marijuana since he was 11 years old after being introduced to it by a family member.
Ed had refused to attend school and spent a large percentage of his time socialising with older people who participated in anti-social behaviour, along with considerable police involvement. He had a limited connection with his peers at the school where he was enrolled, primarily due to the lack of attendance. This lack of connection also extended to the broader school community and significantly impacted upon his ability to learn.
With support from youth work outreach staff at Doxa he is working on his underlying issues that drive his need to use illicit substances. He is starting to talk about the piece inside him that is "damaged” and his desire to seek help to mend it. He knows his traumatic past can’t be taken away and that it is now part of who he is, however he doesn't want it to control his future life choices. He wants to take control.
Over his past six months at Doxa Ed has learned that the school is a safe environment for him to slowly take control of his life. Having one class teacher, clear expectations and boundaries, he has thrived in the classroom. Academically he has achieved and has positively engaged in his learning process. His family is also connected to the school and is involved in the development and ongoing monitoring of his Independent Learning Plan.
With the support of youth work outreach staff, the future is becoming clearer for Ed – he will be supported as he continues on his learning journey. Ed is working towards getting an apprenticeship in the building industry and to do this he would like to continue his involvement with Doxa and transition into VCAL at the Doxa School Bendigo next year.