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The Australian Greens want the national school chaplaincy program replaced with a scheme that provides students with tertiary-qualified counsellors.
THE program was placed in jeopardy last week after the High Court declared the way it was funded exceeded the Commonwealth's power.
But on Tuesday the House of Representatives rushed through a bill to validate payments for the program.
Another 427 grants and programs, worth billions of dollars, are also covered by the legislation.
On Wednesday, Greens Senator Penny Wright called for the program to be replaced so that "genuine counselling and assistance" could be given to students.
Such a scheme would ensure counsellors with tertiary qualifications could deal with contemporary pressures faced by students.
"We know from surveys young people are finding life increasingly difficult to negotiate," she told reporters in Canberra.
The Greens will on Wednesday seek to amend the Financial Framework Legislation Amendment Bill, during a second reading in the Senate.
Has anyone else been foloowing what has been happening with the School Chaplaincy Program in the news recently?
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27-06-2012 15:31 #1
Replace school chaplains with tertiary counsellors - WDYT?
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27-06-2012 15:34 #2-
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I think it is an awesome idea. i do not believe that chaplains have a place in a public school.
27-06-2012 15:40 #3
Agree...great idea. I would love my DD to talk to someone about her lack of confidence and a number of other issues but it would be the chaplain and I am not okay with that at all!!
27-06-2012 15:40 #4
I think it's a great idea too, how wrong was the govt to ignore the high court ruling and rush payments through!!!! That's appalling.
27-06-2012 16:09 #5
I think all schools should have qualified counsellors. There is a massive need for them. Our school's admin loves their chaplain, because they need the help she gives to the kids, and struggling families and the govt does not provide funding for a proper counsellor. Our chaplain receives no govt funding at all and doesn't 'teach' any religious education classes but she also doesn't have any qualifications and often struggles to cope with some of the issues. But she's all the school has. We are also severely lacking parent volunteers in all areas, so the school appreciates all the help it gets.
If the Govt adequately funded social workers and counsellors to work in schools then there would be less temptation for schools to rely on the chaplaincy program.
I would love to see the chaplains replaced with qualified counsellors.
27-06-2012 16:18 #6
I haven't been following the news on this, but from the little bit you have posted it seems like a great idea. I think having trained, qualified counsellors in schools is a great idea. I think they would be better equipped than most chaplains to deal with the array of problems/issues that school aged children may be faced with.
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27-06-2012 16:18 #7Senior Member
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I agree that they should be replaced with qualified counsellors, and that there should be no place for chaplains in state schools.
I didn't read the High Court case, but the articles about it, i got the impression that the government could get around it by putting the money through the state government rather than direct funding.
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27-06-2012 16:20 #8
Agree, in non-religious schools. Religious schools should still have the option of having them if they want however.
(I'm not christian so I'm not biased lol)
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27-06-2012 16:22 #9
I think voluntary chaplains who are vetted by the school should be made available to students requiring them, but not be a permanent fixture or paid position within the school.
Schools definitely need qualified guidance counsellors.
27-06-2012 16:24 #10
Totally Agree but I am very clueless when it comes to public schools but don't they have councellors already?
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