Kidman Park Primary School

CPSW

Introduction

My Name is Denys Chew and I have been the Christian Pastoral Support Worker at Kidman Park Primary School since 2012. The CPSW Program has been here for over 16 years and is designed to help support, resource and provide referral services to all within the school community. The CPSW Program can vary from school to school due to the specific needs of the community. At Kidman Park my role has many different aspects including class support, one on one support, family support and referral services, involvement in organisation of school wide events, assisting with excursions, camps and extra-curricular activities, assisting the Community Action Team, to name a few. In my role I help to provide pastoral care and support to students, parents and staff while also helping to link community groups and resources to school and families who have specific needs.

If you would like to know more about the program, please see further down the page. If you would like to talk to me about my role or would like support please contact me via the school on 8353 2444 and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

Contact Information

I work:     Mondays     8:30am-3:30pm (start/finish time can vary depending on the needs of the school).
               Friday         8:30am-3:30pm (start/finish time can vary depending on the needs of the school).
You can contact me via the school on: 8353 2444
Via leaving a note in my ‘letter box’ located in the front office or by
Sending me an e-mail on: denys.chew85@schools.sa.edu.au

Community Resources and Links

Part of my role is to help connect families with helpful community resources. As I have been increasingly asked to help link families to a variety of support structures, I thought it would be helpful to have a list of community resources that families could access at all times. Below is a list of helpful community group and resources for a variety of different needs. If you would like more information or help finding specific resources or community support please feel free to contact me via the school, I would love to help. I hope you will find this helpful.

anglicare logoAnglicare provide a large range of support services for parents, children and families including mental health services, counselling and family support programs, grief and loss services, along with addiction support groups and rehabilitation programs. They also assist with financial planning and have emergency care structures in place and can provide financial and physical assistance if needed.

uniting communities logoUniting Communities (formally Uniting Care Wesley) provide a large range of support services for parents, children and families including mental health services, family support programs, support to families and individuals with disabilities. They also assist with financial planning and have emergency care structures in place and can provide financial and physical assistance if needed.

salvation army logoThe Salvation Army specialises in emergency care and support to those in financial hardship. The do also have a psychology service which you can be referred to via your GP. They can also help point you toward other agencies to address compounding needs.

relationships sa logoRelationships Australia SA focuses on strengthening relationships through counselling, up skilling and professional training. They offer a variety of counselling services specialising in separating or divorced families, family relationships, gambling and mental health. They also offer workshops to help people strengthen skills like parenting and financial planning.

camhs logoCAMHS offers counselling and mental health support to children and adolescents free of charge. However as it is a government department there can be wait but services are excellent.

Role Description of Christian Pastoral Support Worker Program

schools ministry group logoFor more information or clarification please call Schools Ministry Group on:
8378 6800
This School is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) through the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP) for a school chaplaincy service by employing a Christian Pastoral Support (CPS) Worker(s).
1) The aim of the chaplaincy service is to offer pastoral support to students, staff and the school community.
2) The Christian Pastoral Support Worker has three main roles:
i) A Pastoral Role
The Christian Pastoral Support 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.
• on request, provide initial support or information to students, staff and other school community members.
• with written, informed parental consent, provide on-going personal assistance to individual students, subject to duty of care, consent, confidentiality and disclosure requirements and the Code of Conduct.
• offer support or information with regard to critical situations, grief, family breakdown.
• be available to provide ongoing support to individuals and/or families.
• provide additional opportunities for families to feel supported.
ii) A Referral Role
The Christian Pastoral Support Worker will:
• 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 to Families S.A.
iii) A Resource Role
The Christian Pastoral Support Worker will:
• provide a reference point for addressing social, religious or spiritual 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
• if required, assist the principal to liaise with the local church community and the school for the provision of optional 'Religious Education Seminars' in school time
3) The chaplaincy service offered by the CPS Worker is accessed by school community members on a voluntary basis.
4) The CPS Worker is line managed by a school leader, and complements, enhances and collaborates with the school well-being team, counsellors, other school support staff, etc.
5) The CPS Worker are funded by the NSCSWP
6) In general circumstances, the CPS Worker is free to engage with members of the school community. However, in every case where, as part of their role, a CPS Worker is asked to work in an ongoing way with an individual or group of students, informed, written parental/care giver consent must be first obtained. Parents may also request to the School Principal for their child to be excluded from any service provided by the CPS Worker.
7) Students are able to access the CPS Worker through Student Services.
8) A Grievance Procedure for any formal complaint is available from the School Principal.
9) The School Governing Council was consulted with about the NSCSWP and made the decision to proceed with an application for NSCSWP funding for a chaplaincy service. Please refer to Governing Council minutes for further details.
 
Disclaimer
The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
Acknowledgement
This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.