Where do you want to start?

  • To be considered for a position as a Pastoral Care Worker to a current school vacancy. To apply for a position as a Pastoral Care Worker to a current school vacancy means your eligibility will be considered by the selection panel at a particular school, at the time that you apply. In this case, you need to be able to satisfy all the criteria at that time (or shortly before starting in the school). SMG encourages applications from a wide range of Christian people with various educational and life experiences. The diversity of practicing Pastoral Care Workers gives depth and breadth to the Chaplaincy Service.


SMG works closely with SA Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) as a ‘Service Provider’ for the Chaplaincy Program in our schools through the engagement of a Pastoral Care Worker (formerly known as CPS Worker).

Pastoral Care Workers offer a unique dimension of care and support to students, families and staff. They are trained and experienced and work alongside and complement other welfare and wellbeing staff in schools.


A Pastoral Care Worker (PCW) is a trained, experienced and passionate person who joins a school community on behalf of the local churches to provide extra support to young people.

PCW’s are a positive role models who bring genuine compassion, understanding and practical ongoing support to students and families.

PCW’s work alongside and complement other welfare and wellbeing staff in schools.

Pastoral Care Workers’ main tasks are:

  • To support the school in its aim to be a safe and supportive learning environment

  • To support the wellbeing of students, staff, and families

  • To link families to community resources and services


  • Participate in a wide range of school community activities, and support staff, to  contribute to a caring and inclusive learning environment within the school

  • On request, provide support or information to students, staff and families in areas effecting their wellbeing

  • On request, provide on-going personal assistance to individual students, subject to appropriate consent, duty of care, confidentiality and disclosure requirements

  • Be available to provide ongoing support to individuals and/or families

  • Provide additional opportunities for students, staff, and 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, including church groups, local council 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


  • Provide a reference point for addressing social, religious or spiritual issues

  • Provide access to resources from the broader community which complement and support the school’s focus on wellbeing

  • Be available to give input into health, social skills, and values courses (e.g. in the areas of grief, self-confidence, 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

  • On request, assist the principal to liaise with the local church community and the school for the provision of optional 'Religious Education Seminars' in school time


Are you interested in knowing more about or are you considering applying for the role of a Pastoral Care Worker?

The next information sessions is scheduled for:

Thursday May 23, 2019 at 7.30pm