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The National School Chaplaincy Program is a voluntary program that assists school communities to support the spiritual, social, and emotional wellbeing of their students. This can include support and guidance about ethics, values, relationships and spirituality; the provision of pastoral care; and enhancing engagement with the broader community. Commencing in January 2012, the Program builds upon the success of the National School Chaplaincy Program and supports school communities to establish school chaplaincy and student welfare services or to enhance existing services. The major changes to the Program include: a new title for the Program choice of support worker minimum qualification requirements for funded school chaplains/student welfare workers improved complaints handling mechanisms an increase in the maximum grant for schools in remote locations and minimum standards for funding recipients.

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