Chaplains are an additional support to the school community and offer to assistance with the social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of students. Chaplains also provide one-on-one pastoral care, mentoring and are able to run specific programs tailored to the needs of the school to support students, parents and teachers.
Pastoral care is defined in the agreement with the Commonwealth as the practice of looking after the personal needs of students, not just their academic needs, through the provision of general spiritual and personal advice. Chaplains also work with community organisations to provide a broad range of support service to the school.
The National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) is a Commonwealth-funded initiative to support the emotional wellbeing of students and the broader school community through the provision of pastoral care services.
The Commonwealth has committed funding for the National School Chaplaincy Program for the 2019 to 2022 period, and NSW will continue to be a party to the extension of this Program.
Due to the delay in the finalisation of agreements between the Commonwealth and States and Territories, 2019 funding will be used to fund the same schools that received funding in 2018 for one year to expire on 31 December 2019. As such, schools participating in the National School Chaplaincy Program in 2018 have the option to continue to be funded for the 2019 school year.
The opportunity for all schools to apply for funding will be made available in 2019 for the 2020-2022 school years. Information will be provided in Term 2 2019 about the application process and documentation required in connection with funding from 2020 onwards.
The Student Wellbeing Support Program 2018 – 2020 is a 3-year program to support schools, working in partnership with their local community, with additional funding for a student wellbeing support officer to support school wellbeing approaches.
The NSW Department of Education will provide funding to successful schools of up to $7,000 to engage a student wellbeing support officer. Schools must contribute $7,000 and source $7,000 from the community.
Schools have the option to engage a chaplain or youth worker to fill the role of student wellbeing support officer based on what best meets the needs of their students.”
For more information please see the Department of Education website.
The National School Chaplaincy Programme (NSCP) 2016-2018 is a Commonwealth-funded initiative to support the emotional wellbeing of students and the school community through the provision of pastoral care.
Schools have the option to engage a chaplain or youth worker to fill the role of student wellbeing support officer based on what best meets the needs of their students.