National Standards for Chaplains working in schools and academies are divided into five key areas:
- The Chaplain as witness
- The Chaplain as pastor
- The Chaplain as leader
- The Chaplain as educator
- The Chaplain as professional
The Chaplain should:
- be a practising Catholic in full communion with the Church;
- set a good example to all members of the school community in terms of living a Christian life by:
- being a person who prays and makes prayer an important feature of decision making and who intercedes on behalf of the community they serve;
- speaking of their own faith and relationship with Christ;
- living a life which exemplifies Gospel values;
- treating all members of the community with dignity, building relationships rooted in mutual respect, and at all times observing proper boundaries appropriate to the chaplain’s professional position;
- showing tolerance of and respect for the rights of others;
- demonstrating a commitment to Catholic Moral and Social Teaching.
Available to download below is a series of documents for Schools Chaplains. These include the CES national standards as well as chaplaincy job descriptions for both primary and secondary phases.