Student Wellbeing/Pastoral Care

Chaplaincy – NSCSWP

Miss Serena Zanuso is the Student Wellbeing Officer at St Brigid’s Primary School. This position is funded under the National Chaplaincy Program.

Our school receives funding from the Australian Government Department of Education under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP). The aim of this funding is to assist schools in providing pastoral wellbeing services to support students, staff and the school community.

The main role of the NSCSWP Worker is listed below :

A Pastoral Role

The NSCSWP 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.
  • With written, informed parental consent, provide ongoing personal assistance with individual students, subject to a duty of care, consent, confidentiality and disclosure requirements and the code of conduct.
  • Be available to provide ongoing support to individuals and/or families.
  • Provide additional opportunities for families to feel supported.
  • Provide factual and impartial information about, network with, and be a link to the support and services provided through community groups, local councils 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 as required by state legislation.
  • Provide a reference point for addressing social 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.