School chaplains: secular groups say review is proof of proselytising

Source: The Guardian

By Paul Karp

Almost one in five public school parents have objected to religious views being shared with their children through school chaplains, a review has found.

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The review by research consultancy Kantar Public for the education department found that parents have a “lack of knowledge regarding the actual role” of chaplains, with most unsure how chaplains deal with the most serious issues including sexuality, alcohol and drug abuse, self harm and suicide.

Despite the review showing majority support for the program, secular activists have seized on indications from both supporters and opponents that faith is discussed in schools despite its rules banning proselytising.

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