The National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program provides funding to help school communities support the spiritual, social and emotional wellbeing of their students. Services include support and guidance about ethics, values, relationships and spirituality and provision of pastoral care. Chaplaincy / student welfare is a service that compliments the care offered by other helping disciplines and aims to assist school communities through the provision of help and care to support the personal and social wellbeing of students and the school community.
Services and actions could include:
- Assisting school counsellors and staff in the delivery of student welfare services.
- Providing students, their families and staff with support and or appropriate referrals in difficult situations such as during times of grief or when students are facing personal or emotional challenges.
- Supporting students to explore their spirituality and providing guidance abut spirituality, values and ethical matters or referring and facilitating access to support agencies in the community where applicable.
- Supporting students and staff to create an environment which promotes the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development and wellbeing of all students.
- Supporting students and staff to create an environment of cooperation and mutual respect, promoting an understanding of diversity and the range of cultures and their related traditions.
- Being approachable to all students, staff and members of the school community.
- Supporting students, their families and staff of all beliefs and not seeking to impose any beliefs or persuade an individual toward a particular set of beliefs.
Participation in any programs or activities run by the Chaplain is completely voluntary.
This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.