Pastoral Care and the Student Welfare Officer

Pastoral care at MECS is very important.

Classroom teachers take the lead and are the first port of call for students. Depending on the complexity of the issues, they are then referred to section coordinators or student welfare officers.Student welfare officers at MECS are qualified counsellors use restorative counselling practices to helps students through grief and loss; they may also help with individual and family mediation, anger management, dependency issues and general counselling. Student use of the Student Welfare Officer’s services is entirely voluntary.

Coordinators, executive members and teachers refer students to student welfare officers through the referral system. Students are not free to make their own arrangements. The student welfare officers will keep the relevant people informed of details that would be helpful to them. Complaints regarding services of the student welfare offiers should be referred to the Principal.

Feedback on the Student Welfare Officers and their work are welcomed and this can be sent through to the main office.

Acknowledgment: This Student Welfare Officer at Ranges TEC is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.