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Title: The Effectiveness of Chaplaincy As Provided by the National School Chaplaincy Association to Government Schools in Australia.
Contributor(s): Hughes, Phillip (author); Sims, Margaret (author)orcid 
Corporate Author: National School Chaplaincy Association to Government Schools in Australia
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: In 2006, the National School Chaplaincy Program was initiated by the Federal Government offering funding for chaplains. Approximately 2712 schools received funding of which 1915 were government schools and 797 were Catholic or independent schools. The tasks of chaplains were to support students in exploring their spirituality, providing guidance on religious, values and ethical matters, and facilitating access to helping agencies in the community. They were also to assist school counsellors and staff in the provision of welfare services, providing guidance on issues of human relationships and support in cases of bereavement, family breakdown and other crisis and loss situations, and to provide on-going support for individual students and staff where necessary. In 2009, a national study of the effectiveness of chaplaincy in government schools was undertaken for the National School Chaplaincy Association by Dr Philip Hughes of Edith Cowan University and Prof Margaret Sims of the University of New England. The study was of the Christian chaplains in approximately 1626 schools for whom the members of the National School Chaplaincy Association were responsible, representing 85 per cent of government schools with chaplains. National surveys of principals and chaplains were undertaken, along with case studies of chaplaincy in 21 schools, selected to represent a wide range of urban and rural, primary and secondary schools across Australia.
Publication Type: Report
Publisher: Social Justice Research Centre, Edith Cowan University
Place of Publication: Perth, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
130305 Educational Counselling
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: R1 Contract Report
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