Department of Education

Behaviour and Wellbeing

Behaviour and Wellbeing

Behaviour and WellbeingWellbeingSchool Chaplaincy Program ‹ 'Pastoral Care in Education' Research Report by the Child Health Promotion Research Centre at Edith Cowan University

'Pastoral Care in Education'

Research Report by the Child Health Promotion Research Centre at Edith Cowan University

During the past decade, there has been growing recognition the school environment plays a major role in the social and emotional competence and wellbeing of children. As a consequence, increasing national and international commitment has been directed towards the development of Health Promoting Schools, with efforts being made to assess how curriculum and pastoral practice can best contribute to students’ social, emotional, physical and moral wellbeing. Within Australia, the National Safe Schools Framework has set as a key priority the importance of achieving a shared vision of physical and emotional safety and wellbeing for all students in all Australian schools, as well as identifying guiding principles and standards that can inform practice and assist school communities to build safe and supportive environments.

Within this context, the Department of Education commissioned the following report by the Child Health Promotion Research Centre (CHPRC) at Edith Cowan University.  This report investigates current empirical and theoretical literature describing pastoral care standards to inform the development of new guidelines for all Western Australian public schools. The first section of the report begins by reviewing definitions of the concept of pastoral care, and what it implies for the process of implementing successful strategies. The second section examines a number of best practice pastoral care standards developed nationally and internationally, and assesses their implications for Western Australian public schools. In doing this, the report analyses the impact of these policies on: developing supportive processes for children, teachers and schools; shaping teaching and learning; encouraging dialogue with the students; developing partnerships with other services within the community; shaping the school organisation, ethos, and environment; and developing tools for evaluating pastoral care standards. Finally, the last section draws on the findings of both the literature review, as well as an audit of Australian government and non-government education sector pastoral care policies and standards, to compile a series of recommendations to inform future practice of pastoral care standards in schools by the Western Australian Department of Education.

'Pastoral Care in Education' Research Report by the Child Health Promotion Research Centre at Edith Cowan University
http://det.wa.edu.au/studentsupport/behaviourandwellbeing/detcms/school-support-programs/behaviour-and-wellbeing/wellbeing/pc/pastoral-care-in-education.en?cat-id=6880976

All contents copyright Government of Western Australia, unless otherwise stated.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this site may contain images of people who are deceased.

Copyright material available on this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence
Exclusions may apply: https://www.education.wa.edu.au/ed/cc984d