Your NSCP evaluation guide - with links to the survey

Your perspectives, experiences and thoughts can actively support school chaplaincy

The Australian Government Department of Education has commissioned an independent evaluation of the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) which offers any community members the opportunity to have their views and experiences heard by way of submission or survey participation.

The online, public submissions process which is open until 11:59pm Tuesday 13 September, invites all students, parents and guardians, chaplains, chaplain providers, school sector organisations, government officials and other people involved in the education or mental health and wellbeing sectors, to participate.

This is welcome news as school chaplaincy focuses on the wellbeing of school communities which is becoming ever more important during these times of near constant change and challenges. The value of the work done by far-reaching chaplaincy programs such as YouthCARE, spanning almost 600 government schools across Western Australia, is beyond dispute. That said, sometimes, it is difficult to quantify and qualify the benefits that school communities gain from our services and dedication.

We need you to help tell the hundreds and thousands of stories that make up the broader school chaplaincy narrative and the benefits it delivers every day.

How to have your say

If you wish to participate in this important consultative process and have your valuable perspectives taken into account, simply:

  1. Use this survey link to answer multiple choice and free text questions
  2. Submit a freeform submission towards the end of the survey, as a word or PDF document if you want to contribute additional content.

The survey should take no longer than 15 short minutes, that’s 15 minutes to have your say and impact the future of this valuable service.

We also encourage you to encourage others to participate in this important consultative process, one that may shape the way we continue to support the wellbeing of our hundreds of school communities all over Western Australia.

Quick facts:

What did the NSCP set out to achieve?

In recognition of the value of pastoral care that supports the wellbeing of school communities, the NSCP was established in 2006 to fund schools’ chaplains.

Why is the government reviewing the NSCP now?

The Minister for Education has indicated that support for school community wellbeing will be ongoing however, the review’s purpose is to look more closely at what is working well, how the program is running, and its context in terms of investments in school community wellbeing.

What do Chaplains do?

Chaplains’ overarching concern and function is the wellbeing of the school community. This is a broad brief but is best understood by thinking of it through the lens of four categories:

  1. Creating and nurturing genuine connections within school communities as well as with external services
    1. providing students, their families and staff with support and or appropriate referrals, in difficult situations such as during times of grief; when students are facing personal or emotional challenges; or during critical events.
    2. developing relationships with, and referring students/parents/carers to specialist services within the school as appropriate or externally under the direction of the School Principal, if there are existing state/territory or school referral policies
  1. Promoting wellbeing in ways that create positive impacts
    1. working closely with, and/or as part of the school wellbeing committee or team to plan for and deliver student resilience and wellbeing services
    2. supporting students who express a desire to explore their spirituality. This may include providing guidance about spirituality, values and ethical matters and/or appropriate referral of questions of faith/spirituality
    3. mentoring/coaching
  1. Running and participating in programs that directly benefit the school community
    1. organising one-on-one or group sessions with students, parents, staff and other members of the school community as requested and required by the school community
    2. running breakfast clubs
    3. delivering peer leadership and support programs
  1. Contributing to the broader school community
    1. reporting to school community organisations on service provision within the school community
    2. attending Parents & Citizens’ or equivalent parent body meetings to provide details of the Program and the services that are available
    3. facilitating activities connecting students with other members of the community
    4. participating in school activities such as sport, camps, gardens etc
    5. facilitating community partnership programs between the school and the wider community.