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19 Jun
Chaplains' CPD
19 Jun 2020 - 19 Jun 2020

CPD for School Chaplains


Date: June 19, 2020

Audience: School Chaplains


Why should you attend?

This seminar will consider how the boarding environment is changing, and the ways in which the Chaplain and wider pastoral team can support young people through their emotional and spiritual development. It will address how technology and social media have complicated matters, current risks and behaviours, and will promote discussion on how to best support young people and which approaches, and strategies might be most effective in providing this support.


  1. To increase awareness of modern-day challenges facing young people
  2. To consider best practice in relation to pastoral work in schools
  3. To explore the role of faith in pastoral care work and discuss the interface between pastoral and spiritual responsibilities.



The following sessions will all include reflections on the role of the Chaplaincy from both pastoral and spiritual perspectives:

  • How boarding is changing
  • The mental and emotional health of young people
  • Is social media complicating matters?
  • Proactively managing emotional crises
  • Supporting young people displaying challenging behaviours.


Wider context and/or application to the Boarding sector:

In addition to the training content from BSA, this is a valuable networking opportunity for both lay and ordained Chaplains, and an opportunity to work with colleagues who share the same unique perspective.


Speaker: Dale Wilkins, BSA Director of Safeguarding, Standards and Training

Dale joined the BSA during Summer 2017 with responsibility for safeguarding and standards.  In July 2019 he also assumed responsibility for the BSA’s training programme, including both day seminars and accredited training courses.  Dale leads on all safeguarding and inspection matters for the BSA, including managing the Commitment to Care Charter, the annual Safeguarding Conference, the Safeguarding Forum.   He has also developed a process of BSA Accreditation for our overseas members. 

For 31 years Dale was a boarding practitioner.  After boarding positions at Norwich School and Tettenhall College, Dale became a Housemaster at Old Swinford Hospital in 1992, and was promoted to Deputy Head in 2007, and subsequently also DSL. He has also been a multi-agency trainer for the Dudley Safeguarding Children’s Board and has been closely involved in inspection in state and independent boarding since 2002.

Dale had previously been a BSA course tutor since 1998 and developed the BSA Self-Assessment Toolkit.


Virtual day seminar