HSV wrote to the Prime Minister expressing our concern over the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP). We pointed out the divisive nature of placing religious people into school that are meant to be secular. We cited various bodies that are opposed to the continuation of this program such as the Australian Psychological Society, Sane Australia, the Australian Education Union, the Queensland Teachers Union and by the Australian Council of State School Organisations.
We recommended the participation of properly trained non-religious social workers and counsellors to provide the necessary care to school children. However, our strong preference is for the phasing out of the NSCP.