The National School Chaplaincy Programme (NSCP) assists school communities to support the social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of their students by providing pastoral care services and strategies that support the students and the broader school community.
The NSCP defines pastoral care as 'the practice of looking after the personal needs of students, not just their academic needs, through the provision of general spiritual and personal advice' (National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program Guidelines Dec 2013).
CCCVaT School Support Services Inc (CCCVaT SSS) is a registered provider for Chaplaincy in State Schools under the NSCP. Funding Recipients are the employing bodies of school chaplains, responsible for the financial management of the Chaplaincy service, the recruitment and selection of the Chaplains (in consultation with School Principal), induction and monitoring of Chaplains, compliance with requirements re qualifications and criminal checks, ensuring work plans, records and reports are up-to-date and providing support and professional development opportunities to assist the Chaplains in their role.
In 2017, CCCVaT is supporting eleven School Chaplains working in fourteen schools – three Secondary Colleges and eleven Primary Schools, of which seven schools are funded by the government and seven funded by schools, the community, INSPIRE and CCCVaT SSS.
INSPIRE is a network of Providers in Victoria that are working together to promote the value of School Chaplaincy and raise funds to sustain the employment of school chaplains in schools that were not fortunate to receive government funding. If you are able to assist you can donate via this website and if you wish to know more about INSPIRE click on the web link.