Pastoral Care Worker

The Chaplaincy Service at this school is provided by a Pastoral Care Worker, on behalf of the local combined Christian community, employed by Schools Ministry Group (SMG).

The Chaplaincy Service is funded by the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP), administered by DECD SA, with additional contribution from the local community.

The aim of this service is to offer pastoral support to students, staff and the school community.

Our Pastoral Care Worker supports our community in the following ways:

  • Working closely and in partnership with leadership and other wellbeing staff in the school to provide pastoral care and practical support to students, families and staff as requested
  • Providing pastoral care in a ‘first response’ capacity to critical incidents, referring to specialist support, and to provide ongoing presence and follow up
  • Being well positioned to work across the whole school to ‘build a sense of’ community, harmony and cohesion
  • Being trained and equipped to provide our school with a unique dimension of social, emotional and spiritual support in line with the DECD wellbeing framework

Chaplaincy Services promote student wellbeing, engaging young people in activities that are preventative and which support early intervention and referral of wellbeing.

Other facts about the SMG Chaplaincy Service in SA Government Schools:

  • The recruitment process for a Pastoral Care Worker is acknowledged by DECD, and meets the standards required for a religious based role such as a Pastoral Care Worker / Chaplain (This is reviewed initially after 1 year  through a panel then every 2 years)
  • The Pastoral Care Worker job description does not include provision of Religious Education, and proselytising is explicitly prohibited
  • Pastoral Care Workers appointed are required to have a minimum qualification of Cert 1V in Youth Work (or equivalent), and to undertake relevant, ongoing Professional Development.
  • All Pastoral Care Workers have a DCSI child related employment screening check and are DECD trained mandated notifiers
  • Access to the Pastoral Care Worker by students is voluntary and parents must give written approval for the Pastoral Care Worker to provide ongoing personal support (At Unley High, through Year 8 permission booklet at the start of each year).

A Grievance Procedure for any formal complaints is available from the School Principal.