NSCP FUNDING EXTENDED
In May, the Federal Government announced that the National School Chaplaincy Programme (NSCP) would be extended beyond 2018. This is great news for the 340+ schools that access an SMG Chaplaincy Service.
After this announcement, SMG Chairperson Graham Brown and I met with our new State Education Minister Hon John Gardner MP to advocate for the continued support of School Chaplaincy and to commence discussions about co-investment from the State Government.
The renewed NSCP will have a greater focus on supporting students and school communities affected by bullying and in particular cyber-bullying. Data we collect at SMG about our services has already confirmed that bullying and harassment is the second highest issue for students accessing our Chaplains. We are already providing support, guidance and leadership in this space, and welcome this greater area of focus to support children and young people across South Australia.
Tackling bullying in schools, and in society is not a one person job, nor is there a quick fix or easy solution. We need to be building each other up, not tearing down. We need to include, not exclude. We need to care, not ignore. We need to love.
The SMG team aims to be a part of the solution bringing about the best possible outcomes for SA’s children and young people. I hope you will continue to stand with us because together we are stronger and will make a bigger difference and positive impact in our community.
SMG Executive Director