The NSW Government has recently announced the Student Wellbeing Support Program.
Schools are now able to engage a Chaplain to fill the role of a Student Wellbeing Support Officer.
What is the role of the Student Wellbeing Support Officer?
While the key tasks of a student wellbeing support officer will vary depending on the needs of individual school communities, they could include:
- Working closely with, and/or as part of the school learning and support team or wellbeing committee and deliver student resilience and wellbeing services.
- Supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of students.
- Developing relationships with, and referring students to specialist services within the school or externally, under the supervision of the school principal.
- Attending Parents & Citizens’ or equivalent parent body meetings as required to provide details of the program and the services that are available.
- Facilitating community partnership programs between the school and the wider community, under the supervision of the school principal.
What are the minimum requirements of a Student Wellbeing Support Officer?
Student wellbeing support officers appointed must meet the following conditions:
- Accept that participation by schools and students is voluntary.
- Respect, accept and be sensitive to other people’s views, values and beliefs.
- Comply with state laws and policies in relation to child protection.
- Minimum qualification requirements
- The minimum qualification is a certificate IV in a relevant discipline for example, Youth Work, Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, or an equivalent qualification. The qualification must include competencies in ‘mental health’ and ‘making appropriate referrals’.
Additional School Chaplain requirements
- In addition to meeting the standard minimum qualification requirements, a chaplain must not proselytise.
- Chaplains are to be recognised by the school community as having the skills and experience to deliver school chaplaincy and pastoral care support for school students.
- Chaplains may be from any faith. A title other than chaplain may be used, if the title is appropriate to the religious affiliation of the individual.
- Chaplains do not provide religious education or perform religious services or rites in their schools.
How do I apply to become a Student Wellbeing Support Officer?
- Generate employs Chaplains to work as Student Wellbeing Support Officers
- Generate anticipates a number of positions commencing in 2018 which will be advertised on our website.
Application form and positions available here.