School Chaplaincy - Supporting wellbeing in NSW schools
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What is Chaplaincy
School Chaplaincy supports the emotional wellbeing of students and the broader school community.
Who are Chaplains
School Chaplains are qualified support workers who provide wellbeing and pastoral care services to the school community.
How to engage a Chaplain
Find out how to apply for a Chaplain or support a local program.
Generate is the largest provider of School Chaplains in NSW government schools with 220 School Chaplaincy positions. Generate partners with schools in the recruitment, training, supervision and ongoing professional development of School Chaplains, ensuring the placement of well-trained and qualified Chaplains who are equipped to support young people and strengthen local communities.
How is it Funded?
History of the National School Chaplaincy Program
In 2007, the Australian Government established the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) which provided funds to place a Chaplain in schools that successfully applied for a grant. On May 8, 2018 the Federal Government committed to the ongoing funding of the National School Chaplaincy Program.
National Student Wellbeing Program (NSWP)
Now known as the National Student Wellbeing Program, funding is available for grants for the program from 2024 to 2027.
Each state and territory has established its own grant application process where all schools wanting a chaplain or student wellbeing officer can apply.
The NSW Department of Education (DoE) is responsible for the application process for NSW state schools.
Community Funded School Chaplaincy
Schools, churches and communities also fund School Chaplaincy Programs.
School Chaplains are qualified individuals who are seeking to have an impact in the lives of young people helping them to thrive.
Chaplains employed by Generate meet both the minimum qualifications as set out in either the National Student Wellbeing Program, as well as the SU Australia (Generate) requirements.
National Student Wellbeing Program Qualification requirements
School Chaplains are required to have as a minimum a Certificate IV in Youth Work or Pastoral Care (or designated equivalent). This qualification must include the following two subjects;
CHCCCS016 Respond to client needs;
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues.
Degree or Diploma-qualified candidates in Education, Social Work, Psychology, Welfare, Youth Work will in most cases be deemed to have met minimum qualifications and are encouraged to apply.
Ministry and Theological qualifications may meet the minimum qualification for a Chaplain, however, the qualification must include the subjects listed above (or equivalent).
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Qualities of Generate Chaplains
Experience with Youth/Children
A proven ability to work effectively with young people and a broad understanding of youth/children and the issues affecting them.
A demonstrated understanding of the boundaries and practicalities involved in providing pastoral care to a state school community.
A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a range of people in a range of settings.
A demonstrated ability to work both as a member of a team and independently.
Experience in Schools and Education
Proven effective involvement in and a demonstrated understanding of the operation of State schools.
SU Australia (Generate) Employee Requirements
SU Australia (Generate) requires employees to have a commitment to Christian faith, conduct and professional development as well as adherence to Child Protection regulations and Department of Education guidelines.