Matthew Henry

PhD student
Matthew Henry

Student project

With emergency service agencies looking to share responsibility for school education programs, this project is developing a comprehensive school safety framework for use in Victorian schools. This shared responsibility reflects the organising theme of Australia’s main natural disaster mitigation policy, the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience. Well-structured education programs are a major pathway identified in the Strategy, and this study will help to develop these programs.
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Children represent the most vulnerable demographic group in disasters – across the globe it is estimated that 30-50% of fatalities are children - while they are also most vulnerable to psychosocial impacts. Early research indicates that children are a resource for reducing current disaster risks and can also mitigate future risks.

The role of children’s disaster education in managing risk has been recognised as a major priority in the federal government’s National Strategy for Disaster Resilience. Yet, despite a recent surge in child-centred disaster research, the social, psychological, economic and political mechanisms that enable children to both understand and take action to reduce disaster risk remain largely unexplored and the evidence-base for best-practice remains limited.

This project is conducting a nationwide evaluation of programs and strategies based on a child-centred disaster risk reduction framework. It will develop cost-effective programs that reduce the risk and increase resilience for children, schools, households and communities.

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18 Sep 2018
The recently developed UN‐level Comprehensive School Safety (CSS) framework (UNESCO/UNICEF, 2014)...
Amplifying student voice in disaster resilience education: A case study of the disaster resilience project
18 Sep 2018
Developed through a dual agency multi-hazard pilot project led by the Victorian Country Fire...
Comprehensive school safety: developing a participatory approach to school bushfire risk management
29 Jun 2017
Within the Australian school setting there is currently no nationally coordinated approach to the...
Disaster resilience education: a practice framework for Australian emergency management agencies
29 Jun 2017
Disaster resilience education for children and young people has been identified as a key mechanism...

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