National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP)

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The Australian Government is investing $247 million over four years (2019-2022) to renew the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP). While the Australian Government funds the NSCP, states and territories are responsible for its administration.

The NSCP supports the wellbeing of students and school communities through the provision of pastoral care services and strategies delivered by chaplains.

Participating schools are eligible to receive up to $20,280 in metropolitan or regional areas and $24,336 in remote or very remote areas. This funding will support approximately 3000 schools per year to access the services of a qualified chaplain.

The renewed NSCP has a greater focus on supporting students and school communities affected by cyberbullying, with NSCP chaplains to complete professional learning on this topic. More information on the Professional Learning Package is provided below.

An independent evaluation of the NSCP found it to be highly effective in boosting student wellbeing.

The NSCP Project Agreement outlines the NSCP requirements and was signed by all states and territories.

Schools interested in participating in the NSCP should contact their state or territory education department.

Cyberbullying Professional Learning Package for NSCP chaplains

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is developing and delivering a professional learning package in responding to and preventing cyberbullying to all NSCP school chaplains.

Registrations are now open and available for the Cyberbullying Professional Learning Package for NSCP chaplains.

Further information on this professional learning is available in the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Online eSafety Training available for all school communities

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner offers a separate training package on online safety to other school community members (including chaplains not funded under the National School Chaplaincy Program) and service provider employees.

You can access this free online professional learning module titled Supporting Student Digital Wellbeing, which provides participants with an understanding of the relevant issues and strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT.

Please note: the free online professional learning module does not replace the required Professional Learning Package that NSCP funded chaplains must complete.

Frequently Asked Questions

For NSCP Funded Chaplains

What is a NSCP funded chaplain?

A chaplain whose chaplaincy position in a school is fully or partly funded by the Australian Government's National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP).

How do I know if I am an NSCP funded chaplain?

Please contact your employer to ask if your position is NSCP funded.

Why do NSCP funded chaplains need to complete this training?

The Professional Learning Package is a requirement under the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) Project Agreement (2019 to 2022).

What is the Professional Learning Package ?

The Professional Learning Package is a free training package about responding to cyberbullying for NSCP funded chaplains to support their role in school communities.

Can all chaplains complete this  Professional Learning Package?

No, this Professional Learning Package is for NSCP funded chaplains only.

All chaplains and school communities have access to a free online professional learning module which provides participants with an understanding of the relevant issues and strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT.

Please note: the free online professional learning module does not replace the required Professional Learning Package that NSCP funded chaplains must complete.

What does the Professional Learning Package for NSCP funded chaplains include?

The Professional Learning Package is a three-hour webinar and covers topics on cyberbullying (including pathways to report and support); empowering bystanders, whole-school preventative approaches and a general overview of online safety issues.

How do NSCP funded chaplains access the Professional Learning Package?

NSCP funded chaplains can access the Professional Learning Package.

What are NSCP funded chaplains' obligations on completion of Professional Learning Package?

NSCP funded chaplains must provide a copy of their Certificate of Completion to their employer. Schools may also request a copy of the Certificate. Employers may be asked to forward a copy of this Certificate to States and Territories on request.

Will NSCP funded chaplains need to complete the Professional Learning Package, if they have completed prior learning in this subject?

Yes. All NSCP funded chaplains are required to complete the Professional Learning Package irrespective of prior learning on this subject.

Do NSCP funded chaplains need to use their own time to complete the training?

Each State and Territory has different arrangements in place for when NSCP funded chaplains can complete the training. Please contact your State or Territory Education department to clarify the arrangements.

Who pays for the Professional Learning Package for NSCP funded chaplains?

The Professional Learning Package is paid for by the Australian Government. There is no cost to NSCP funded chaplains.

When should NSCP funded chaplains register for the training?

NSCP funded chaplains should register for the Professional Learning Package as early as possible. Registration for this training is open.

How much time do NSCP funded chaplains have to complete the  Professional Learning Package?

The Professional Learning Package will be available from July 2019. NSCP funded chaplains will have up to 18 months to register for and complete the training. Earlier registration is advised.

What if NSCP funded chaplains don't have access to a PC or stable internet?

NSCP funded chaplains should contact their employer to seek suitable arrangements to complete the PLP. It is reasonable that NSCP funded chaplains be able to complete the training at the employer's premises or at the school they are servicing as a NSCP funded chaplain. However, NSCP funded chaplains will need to negotiate this with their employer or school.

Can a NSCP funded chaplain fail the assessment part of the training?

NSCP funded chaplains may attempt the assessment more than once to complete their training.

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For NSCP Employers (chaplaincy providers, schools and service providers)

What is an NSCP funded chaplain?

A chaplain whose chaplaincy position in a school is fully or partly funded by the Australian Government's National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP).

How does an employer know if a chaplain is NSCP funded?

Employment arrangements for NSCP funded chaplains must align with the requirements set out in the NSCP Project Agreement.

If employers are still unsure, please contact your State or Territory Education department.

What is the Professional Learning Package?

The Professional Learning Package is a free training package about responding to cyberbullying for NSCP funded chaplains to support their role in school communities.

Can all chaplains complete this Professional Learning Package?

No, this Professional Learning Package is for NSCP funded chaplains only.

All chaplains and school communities have access to a free online professional learning module which provides participants with an understanding of the relevant issues and strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT.

Please note: the free online professional learning module does not replace the required Professional Learning Package that NSCP funded chaplains must complete.

Why do employers need to allow NSCP funded chaplains to complete this training?

The Professional Learning Package is a requirement under the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) Project Agreement. This is a compliance requirement under Clause 11.c of the Project Agreement.

What are employers of NSCP funded chaplains' obligations on monitoring completion of the Professional Learning Package?

As an employer of NSCP funded chaplains, you must monitor that all your NSCP funded chaplains have completed the Professional Learning Package by keeping a record of their Certificate of Completion. Employers may be asked to forward a copy of this Certificate to States and Territories on request.

Who pays for the Professional Learning Package for NSCP funded chaplains?

The Professional Learning Package is paid for by the Australian Government. There is no cost to NSCP funded chaplains or employers.

Do NSCP funded chaplains need to use their own time to complete the training?

Each State and Territory has different arrangements in place for when NSCP funded chaplains can complete the training. Please contact your State or Territory Education department to clarify the arrangements.

Please note: undertaking this training is a requirement under the NSCP Project Agreement to further support the wellbeing of school communities.

What if NSCP funded chaplains don't have access to a PC or internet?

Employers should assist NSCP funded chaplains to seek suitable arrangements to complete the Professional Learning Package if they do not have access to a PC or stable internet. It is reasonable that NSCP funded chaplains be able to complete the training at the employer's premises or at the school they are servicing as a NSCP funded chaplain. However, NSCP funded chaplains will need to negotiate this with their employer or school.

When should NSCP funded chaplains register for the training?

NSCP funded chaplains should register for the Professional Learning Package as early as possible.  Registration for this training.

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