Defence School Mentor Program

The Defence School Mentor (DSM) Program provides support to the children of Defence families through on-site, direct and flexible assistance to students, parents, teachers and other support services.

Working within the school, the DSM provides social and emotional well-being to those students during their transition into and out of a school on posting or during parental absences due to deployment, exercises or courses.

Defence School Mentor activities can include:

  • Assisting new children and their families to integrate into the school and local community
  • Monitoring the social and emotional wellbeing of Defence students
  • Assisting students develop self-confidence, self-reliance and resilience
  • Referring students to services, or school and community programs that meet their needs
  • Enhancing awareness and appreciation of the unique Defence lifestyle in schools and communities and
  • Providing support to children during times of parental absence.

Mount Claremont Primary school has received funding from the Department of Defence to run the DSM program 2 days a week since Term 3, 2018. The DSM is available on Thursday and Fridays each week during school terms.

Useful links for Defence Families

DCO Perth

Defence Special Needs Support Group

Defence Families Australia

Open Arms Veterans and Families Counselling