Mitcham Girls High School

Pastoral Care Worker (PCW)

The Mitcham Girls High School PCW funding is administered by the State Government through the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) and is used to employ a Pastoral Care Worker (PCW).

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

2.   The Pastoral Care Worker has three main roles:

  • Pastoral Role
    The Pastoral Care Worker will:
    -     participate in a wide range of school community activities, and support staff, to contribute to creating 
          a caring and inclusive learning environment within the school
    -     on request, provide initial support or information to students, staff and other school community
          members
    -     with written, informed parental consent, provide ongoing personal assistance to individual students,
          subject to duty of care, consent, confidentiality and disclosure requirements and the Code of Conduct
    -     offer support or information with regard to critical situations, grief, family breakdown
    -     be available to provide ongoing support to individuals and/or families
    -     provide additional opportunities for families to feel supported
  • Referral Role
    The Pastoral Care Worker will:
    -     provide factual and impartial information about, network with, and be a link to, the support and
          services provided through community groups, including church groups, local council and
          government agencies
    -     consult and liaise with student counsellors and other staff about student safety, wellbeing
          or learning while maintaining appropriate confidentiality, and referring students to other staff
          as required
    -     be a mandated notifier, and thus be required to report any suspected abuse or neglect to Families SA
  • Resource Role
    The Pastoral Care Worker will:
    -     provide a reference point for addressing social, religious or spiritual issues
    -     provide access to resources from the broader community which are relevant to school programs
    -     be available to give input into health and social education courses, e.g. in the areas of grief, self esteem,
          values or relationships
    -     be available to give assistance with camps and excursions and, where appropriate, initiate activities
          such as voluntary clubs or groups in the school
    -     support groups such as the Student Representative Council and the Peer Support Program
    -     if required, assist the principal to liaise with the local church community and the school for the
          provision of optional 'Religious Education Seminars' in school time

3.   The  service offered by the PCW is accessed by school community members on a voluntary basis.

4.   The PCW is line managed by a school leader and complements, enhances and collaborates with the school 
       wellbeing team, counsellors, other school support staff, etc.

5.   The PCW is funded by the NSCP.

6.    In general circumstances, the PCW is free to engage with members of the school community.
        However, in every case where, as part of their role, a PCW is asked to work in an ongoing way with
        an individual or group of students, informed, written parental/caregiver consent must be first
        obtained.  Parents may also request to the School Principal for their child to be excluded from any service
        provided by the PCW.

7.    Students are able to access the PCW through Student Services.

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

9.    The School Governing Council was consulted with about the NSCP and made the decision to proceed with
        an application for NSCP funding for a chaplaincy service.  Please refer to Governing Council minutes
        for further details.

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