Criteria for the selection of schools

Common conditions to apply to all Schools

  1. Schools are to commit to the following requirements:
    1. participation of students is voluntary
    2. chaplains may be from any faith
    3. chaplains* must:
      1. not proselytise
      2. respect, accept and be sensitive to other people’s views, values and beliefs
      3. comply with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 (NSW) and all related laws concerning child protection
      4. meet the Programme’s minimum qualification requirements (a Certificate IV in Youth Work or Pastoral Care (or equivalent) which must include competencies (or equivalent) in ‘mental health’ and ‘making appropriate referrals’).
  2. Schools are to agree to appropriately acknowledge and recognise the roles of the Commonwealth and New South Wales in the content of any events, announcements, promotional material or publicity relating to activities under the National School Chaplaincy Programme.
  3. Schools are to confirm, following consultation with their community, that participation in the National School Chaplaincy Programme is supported by the school community.
  4. Schools are to confirm that they will engage a chaplain who is recognised through formal ordination, commissioning, recognised religious qualifications or endorsed by a recognised or accepted religious institution.
  5. Schools are to meet reporting or Programme evaluation requirements, as requested by the sector authority.

* A title other than ‘chaplain’ may be used where the title is appropriate to the religious affiliation of the individual.

Core criterion to apply to all schools

Schools are to provide evidence of a demonstrated need for a chaplain and to show how a chaplain will complement existing student support services.

Contact details

For further information contact:

Student Engagement and Interagency Partnerships

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