Pastoral Care for Learning

Pastoral Care is the 'oil' of learning and relationships are the 'oil' for good quality pastoral care.

Pastoral Care refers to the action taken by schools to promote and enhance personal, social, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

Optimal wellbeing is characterised by positive feelings and attitude, positive relationships with others, resilience and satisfaction with self and experiences and engagement in learning.

Pastoral Care in Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Broken Bay is based firmly on the Catholic worldview and the Christian vision as expressed in the following statements:

  • Has as its focus the life of Jesus Christ
  • Is concerned with the dignity and growth of the whole person
  • Is a responsibility entrusted to all members of the faith community
  • Is a force for healing, reconciliation and liberation
  • Is an expression of and commitment to justice

Pastoral Care and Wellbeing in the Broken Bay Diocese is given expression through the Pastoral Care Policy and the Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Framework for Learning which utilises the National Safe Schools Framework. The Broken Bay Framework outlines ten pathways, that support a whole school approach to providing a safe and supportive learning environment that optimises student wellbeing and learning.

The ten pathways are:

  1. Leadership Commitment to Pastoral Care and Wellbeing for Learning
  2. A Supportive Commitment to Pastoral Care and Wellbeing for Learning
  3. Policies, Structures and Procedures
  4. Professional Learning
  5. Positive Behaviour Approaches
  6. Safe School Learning and Teaching
  7. Student Wellbeing and Student Ownership
  8. Healthy Lifestyle Development
  9. Early Intervention and Targeted Student Support
  10. Partnerships with Families, Parish and Community

CSO Support

The CSO provides a wide range of services and assistance for schools in the area of pastoral care and student wellbeing such as:

  • School-based support including:
    - Student wellbeing and whole school approaches
    - Behaviour management
    - Bullying
    - Drug Education
    - Road safety education
    - Mental health with a focus on the KidsMatter and Mindmatters frameworks
    - Social and emotional learning (SEL)
    - Counselling and standards of clinical practice
    - Parent Engagement
    - Policy development
  • Professional learning such as, professional learning community (PLCs) groups, courses and conferences.
  • Management of specific incidents such as, bullying, harassment, violence and critical incidents.

Links for further information:

Australian Drug Information Network (ADIN)
Beyondblue - for secondary schools
Healthy Kids Association
Kids Helpline
NSW Centre for Road Safety
Reach Out
Safe Schools Hub
School A to Z Tips for Parents
Wellbeing Australia