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More funding for school chaplains to boost student wellbeing

May 17, 2018
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The Turnbull Government will provide $247 million to extend the National Schools Chaplaincy programme on a permanent basis, with a special new anti-bullying focus.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Federal Member for Wentworth, said this programme provides vital pastoral care services to thousands of students and school communities across Australia.

“Both Bondi Beach Public and Kincoppal-Rose Bay will benefit from this funding boost, guaranteeing their school chaplains will continue their vital role supporting the health and wellbeing of young people,” Mr Turnbull said.

“My Government’s plan to build a stronger economy means we can ensure the essential services Australians rely on like the school chaplains programme”.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the school chaplains program would also have a greater focus on bullying.

“A focus on bullying, specifically cyberbullying, will see school chaplains required to undertake training in this area to ensure they are fully equipped to deal with the challenges in the school community,” Minister Birmingham said.

“This funding will also mean school chaplains can continue to provide important pastoral care and run programs such as breakfast clubs and other volunteer activities within their school communities.

“Over the last year more than 1000 schools and families have written, called and emailed me expressing their support for the programme and shared the stories of the work of school chaplains in their local communities.

“Ensuring that schools are supportive, inclusive and safe learning communities provides a strong foundation for students to reach their full potential in learning and in life, and I know the important role the National School Chaplaincy Programme plays in promoting this.”

Participating schools are eligible to receive up to $20,000 (in metropolitan or regional areas) or $24,000 (in remote/very remote areas) to employ a school chaplain.

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