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DanDare's Avatar Jump to comment 4 by DanDare

@T-Porter The government program includes a template consent form with the following section:

Voluntary Student Activities without Religious, Spiritual and/or Ethical Content These activities are available to students on a voluntary basis if a parent or guardian has given consent in writing.

  1. List activities without religious, spiritual and/or ethical content provided at the school through the chaplaincy program. e.g. breakfast clubs, coaching sporting teams, mentoring programs, outdoor education programs
  2. Include a short descriptor of each activity for parental information.

Please tick one of the boxes below: I give my consent for my child/ren to participate in these activities I do not give my consent for my child/ren to participate in these activities.

Voluntary Student Activities with Religious, Spiritual and/or Ethical Content These activities are available to students on a voluntary basis if a parent or guardian has given consent in writing.

  1. List activities with religious, spiritual and/or ethical content provided at the school through the chaplaincy program. e.g. SUPA Club, one-to-one meeting with chaplain for religious and spiritual support, Prayer Meetings, Groups Visiting School for Performances e.g. Christian Band
  2. Include a short descriptor of each activity for parental information.

Please tick one of the boxes below: I give my consent for my child/ren to participate in these activities. I do not give my consent for my child/ren to participate in these activities.

Notice that the form carefully states that you are consenting to your child participating in the activities, not to the child's exposure to the chaplain. If you say no to section one your child misses out on sports run by the chaplain and outdoor education activities, never mind breakfast clubs and mentoring (which is one on one with a person introduced to school from outside on the say so of the chaplain and the employing body, Scripture Union).

As this is a template schools are free to create their own. My daughters school included the visiting christian band in the activities of section one, and from memory also the prayer clubs and school assemblies. So, how can I allow my daughter to attend standard school activities without consenting to giving the religious predators access?

Fri, 29 Oct 2010 09:24:38 UTC | #539762