Garrett backs controversial school chaplaincy

cheap Canada Goose Education Minister Peter Garrett says the Federal Government intends to expand its school chaplaincy program despite fresh allegations of chaplains behaving inappropriately. cheap Canada Goose

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But former chaplain Beau Walker Canada Goose Outlet has told 7:30 of having to perform tasks beyond his qualifications.

Mr Walker had no formal qualifications and canada goose outlet eu says he would be asked by the school he was working for to speak to children whose canada goose outlet mississauga relatives had pass away.

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“I found that very difficult situation because I didn’t know how I could deal with that.

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canada goose coats on sale ‘Shocked and disgusted’Bill and Helen Holder are still struggling to come to terms with their experience with the chaplain who worked at their daughter’s school just outside Brisbane. canada goose coats on sale

The Holders and the chaplain’s family were close family friends and would often spend time canada goose outlet las vegas together, but during a camping trip canada goose outlet canada the friendship came unstuck.

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The online exchanges showed the chaplain asking the Holder’s son if he was “hiding any hickeys”.

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“Shocked and disgusted that what was being said between them both,” Ms canada goose outlet reviews Holder told 7:30.

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“They work in partnership with formal counsellors, referring kids on to counsellors and psychologists and guidance officers when they come across issues that are obviously more complex than what they can handle.”

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He says he will look into whether minimum educational qualifications need to be canada goose outlet nyc introduced for canada goose outlet buffalo school chaplains.

“I do happen to think that minimum qualifications is an important issue. I guess my expectation is that whoever’s working in a school environment, that they should have an appropriate level of training canada goose outlet toronto and qualifications,” he said.

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