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School chaplaincy training

Authorised Chaplaincy Assistant

The Diocese of Ely recognises that many people support the work of, and volunteer in, their local church school. We want to strengthen this partnership between the church and the local church school through the development of a two-stage chaplaincy programme. Training to be an Authorised Chaplaincy Assistant (ACA) is the first stage of this process and will provide a basis for the development of the chaplaincy programme.

This course is open to all those who are interested in working in a voluntary capacity in a Diocese of Ely church school. All applicants will need to supply references, complete required safeguarding and to undertake an enhanced with barred list check.

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This online course is delivered in partnership with Ridley Hall Theological College, Cambridge, and provides a foundation for those wanting to contribute to the church school community. After completion of the training, ACA's have the opportunity to continue working with a local church school as an ACA or may wish to consider further training as a Licensed School Chaplain.

The main purposes of the ACA in the church school are pastoral & social support; spiritual and ethos development; Christian presence; and to support the development of theological understanding. The online training is divided into three units of six modules, interspersed with regular facilitator led discussion groups. 

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