National Schools Chaplaincy Program and COVID-19

Given the current COVID-19 public health emergency, the Commonwealth has provided some guidance on how schools can best manage the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) during these times.

Schools may choose to adopt flexible approaches in implementing the NSCP. The Commonwealth has provided the following examples for how funded chaplains may deliver the program in these circumstances:

  • support teacher wellbeing, virtually or in the school environment, as they prepare and provide online lessons
  • support student wellbeing through:
    - general advice/support to students and parents via online or phone
    - lunchtime programs or discussions for students via an online platform
    - creating and maintaining a wellbeing online space for students where they can check in and receive support if needed (this could even include links to relevant mental health support lines for students e.g. Kids Helpline or Beyondblue)
    - connecting families in need of community support (while observing social distancing).

Schools are also encouraged to implement any additional ideas they may have regarding flexible/online delivery of the program.  


National School Chaplaincy Program

The National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) is an initiative funded by the Commonwealth Government to provide chaplaincy services in government, Catholic and independent schools throughout Australia. The purpose of the NSCP is to support the wellbeing of Australian school students through the provision of pastoral care services and strategies to support the wellbeing of the broader school community. These may include volunteering activities, breakfast clubs, excursions, lunchtime activities and parent/carer workshops.

For NSW independent schools, the application window for the 2020-2022 round of the NSCP was from Friday 23 August to Friday 20 September 2019. There will be no additional application process for funding for the 3 years, 2020-2022.

Approved participating schools have been provided with a NSCP funding agreement through the AISNSW DocDrop. This agreement should be signed and returned to initiate payment of funding. Please contact Michelle Hayman if you require assistance.


INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

Additional training dates have been released for the webinar-based Cyberbullying Professional Learning Package (PLP) for January to March 2020.

Please encourage the NSCP chaplain at your school to register for and complete the PLP as this is a condition of NSCP funding to your school.

Details are available at esafety.gov.au.

If you would like any further information please contact Michelle Hayman at AISNSW in Finance and Grant Administration