Why Chaplaincy?

ACCESS ministries have been providing Chaplaincy services to schools since 1955 and are the largest employer of Chaplains in Victoria. Our endorsed Chaplains have the highest standard of professional qualifications. Currently ACCESS ministries operates over 280 Chaplaincy and Wellbeing programs in schools across Victoria and New South Wales, offering pastoral care to over 160,000 young people, school staff and their communities.

ACCESS ministries Chaplains pastorally care for the members of school and wider communities. They respond to issues and critical incidents as they arise, as well as facilitating proactive relationship building, small group delivery and programs to ensure improved wellbeing outcomes for young people and their communities.

ACCESS ministries Chaplains represent local Christian churches and the school in the school and wider community. Chaplains help schools to build connections and relationships within a range of government and community organisations.

According to the Federal Government’s ‘National Safe School’s Framework’, “When a school works to facilitate positive school-based relationships, bullying is less likely to thrive, student wellbeing is enhanced and there is a greater likelihood of higher student engagement with school.” Being present within a school community and building key relationships is core to School Chaplaincy and Wellbeing work.

For school communities, ACCESS ministries Chaplains offer:

  • Pastoral care support to the whole school community – including students, families and staff
  • Educational and small group programs to address specific needs
  • The building of connections with the wider community
  • Intervention and trauma support in crises and emergencies

ACCESS ministries Chaplains take part in ongoing training and structured accountability to keep young people safe.

Chaplains deal with a wide range of issues, including:

  • Behaviour management;
  • Social relationship issues such as anger, peer relationships, loneliness and bullying
  • Family relationship issues
  • The development of the self – sense of purpose, self-esteem, and mental health
  • The involvement of students in the community
  • Addressing issues of social inclusion and racism
  • In many places, Chaplains work to engage Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse students and their families into the school and wider community
  • Many Chaplains are involved in the support of students ‘at risk’

If you would like your school to have a chaplain, give us a call today on 03 9811 0999 or email chaplaincy@accessministries.org.au.

If you would to know more about becoming an ACCESS ministries Chaplain click here.